When police stopped a Cascade, Iowa man and arrested him for an OWI, they quickly learned why the man didn’t have one of his passengers take the wheel and offer to be his designated driver.
Sitting in the passenger seat of the man’s pick up truck were the man’s pet zebra and macaw.
Police had been called to the Dog House Bar and Lounge in Dubuque to check on the welfare of the animals after a passerby reported seeing a Zebra and a parrot in a pick up truck.
Then the police arrived on the scene, 55-year-old Jerald Reiter, and his pets, were driving away in the truck.
Police were able to stop the truck in the business parking lot.
According to police, Reiter said that the zebra likes to ride in the truck, so he brought it along when he went out for dinner. He reportedly gave the same explanation for the bird’s presence in the truck.
Reiter told KCRG.com that he and his girlfriend, Vickey Teters, treat the animals like they were their kids and often take them for rides. He said that on Sunday night he took the zebra and the macaw to the bar because it often lets people bring their animals inside.
Unfortunately, according what Reiter told KCRG.com, the owner told him they were serving food that night and as such, he couldn’t bring a zebra inside the bar.
Bar owners, however, told KCRG.com that no animals are ever allowed inside the establishment.
Reiter was arrested after police say field sobriety tests indicated he had a .148 blood alcohol level. The legal limit in Iowa is .08.
The Daily Mail reports that according to Reiter, he knew after getting behind the wheel that he was too drunk to drive and that he was about to get out and let a human passenger take the wheel when the police came and began questioning him.
Reiter was released from the Dubuque County Jail on Monday.