WILMINGTON, N.C. – A police horse in North Carolina is recovering after authorities stated it was hit by a suspected drunk driver.
Wilmington Police stated early Saturday morning, the division’s mounted unit was downtown when a drunk driver tried to go.
The horse, 19-year-old Elton, and its officer have been struck from behind by the automobile.
The officer was not damage however Elton sustained an harm to his left leg.
The suspected driver, 24-year-old Alexis Williamson, was arrested and charged with DWI, improper passing and failure to cut back velocity.
Police stated her blood alcohol stage registered .19 on the intoximeter. She was additionally given a $3,000 unsecured bond.
“Our animal programs have been in existence for more than 30 years and we currently have eight dedicated to serving alongside our human officers including the K9 and Mounted Units,” WPD Chief Donny Williams stated on Fb.
“They assume the same risks and many of the same challenges as their partners. The individual who hit Elton was driving under the influence and was twice the legal limit,” he continued. “We’re grateful that the human officer was not injured and we’re praying for a fast restoration for our hard-working horse, Elton. We’re making certain he receives one of the best medical care and on the newest test, Elton is ready to put weight on his injured leg. This unbelievable Percheron has been with us for 16 years and we’re grateful for his continued service.
This story was reported from Los Angeles.