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Driver Changed Seats with Dog During DUI Traffic Stop

A man in Colorado is facing several charges for allegedly switching seats with his dog when he was pulled over and arrested for speeding and driving under the influence.

Just before midnight on May 12, a man from Los Alamos was taking a road trip to Pueblo with his dog in the car. The man got as far as Springfield and realized he was lost.

An officer from the Springfield Police Department noticed the vehicle because the driver was allegedly going 22 miles over the posted speed limit. They performed a traffic stop.

According to reports, when the officer walked up to the vehicle, they watched while the driver reportedly climbed into the passenger seat and had the dog get in the driver’s seat.

When the man got out of the car, the officer reported that the man showed several signs of intoxication. When asked if he had been consuming alcoholic beverages, the man reportedly ran away from the officer.

It was reported that the chase ended after approximately 20 yards, and the officer caught him and placed him under arrest.

The suspect was taken to a local hospital to make sure he did not need medical attention.

He was booked into the Baca County Jail after his release from the hospital. He is facing preliminary charges for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, driving while ability impaired, driving under suspension, speeding 20-24 mph over the speed limit, and resisting arrest. Additional charges were added because it was discovered that the suspect had two active warrants out of Pueblo.

It was reported that the police placed the dog in the care of one of the suspect’s friends.

If you or someone you love is suspected of a criminal offense, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.

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