Montana Woman Charged With DUI After Drunken Horse Ride

May 13, 2013

A Billings, Mont. woman has denied drunken driving for an arrest that happened shortly after police escorted her home when they found her riding a horse while intoxicated.

The Billings Gazette reported 43-year-old Dawnalee Ellis-Peterson was arraigned on the felony DUI charge Friday before District Judge Mary Jane Knisley. She also pleaded not guilty to driving without a license or insurance.

Prosecutors say Ellis-Peterson was “extremely intoxicated” on the morning of April 29 as she rode a horse on a Billings street. Officers spoke with her and allowed her to return home.

A short time later, a neighbor called police to report the woman had just driven away in a pickup truck. Officers located Ellis-Peterson and arrested her.

Ellis-Peterson has previous DUI convictions in 1993, 1997 and 2007.

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  • May 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm
    Compman says:
    That's why I fell off the horse the last time. The horse was drunk!
  • May 14, 2013 at 1:30 pm
    JP says:
    Title may also lead you to believe the horse was drunk!
  • May 14, 2013 at 10:22 am
    Mike Kehler says:
    Ok, so, other than the convenient ability to include DUI and Horse in the title, this storey has no news worthy or note worthy purpose. Other than this note i'm writing, which... read more
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