Man Busted After Driving Zebra to Bar

Zebra likes driving in the truck, man says

Wednesday, May 23, 2012  |  Updated 6:56 AM EDT
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Man Busted After Driving Zebra to Bar

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A man was busted after driving a small zebra, not this one, to a bar in Iowa.

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It seemed like a good idea at the time.

An Iowa man who took his pet zebra and parrot to a bar was busted for drunken driving.

Jerald Reiter, of Cascade, was arrested Sunday in the parking lot of the Dog House bar in Dubuque, where people had been taking photos of the animals, KCRG-TV reported.

Reiter said his small zebra and macaw parrot were pets and liked riding in the truck. He claimed he sometimes takes the animals into the bar, but the owner said they're not allowed inside.

Officers gave Reiter a field sobriety test and charged him with drunken driving. Reiter disputed the arrest, saying he was about to let a passenger, a person, begin driving.

He said he thought someone who came to see the animals called police.

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