2 Amish men were pulled over for drinking while operating a horse and buggy

Susanna Heller
Pennsylvania Dutch Country Horse and Buggy

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  • Police in Ohio pulled over two Amish for drinking while operating a horse and buggy.
  • Their vehicle was also outfitted with a stereo.
  • Deputies found a 12-pack of Michelob Ultra in the buggy, some of which had been opened.
  • Authorities are looking for the men, who fled the scene and left the vehicle — including the horse — behind.
  • The buggy was towed and the horse was taken to a temporary home.
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Rules are rules. You just can't drink and drive. 

Two men in North Bloomfield, Ohio, learned that when authorities pulled them over for drinking and operating a horse and buggy, which the state considers a vehicle, KALB reported.

Police pulled over the vehicle when they noticed a case of beer on the roof and that the men driving were drinking out of open containers.

"It is a vehicle. It's on the roadway and the OVI (Operating a Vehicle Impaired) laws do apply," Trumbull County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Joe Dragovich told KALB "You're not allowed to drink and drive or operate a buggy."

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The officers found a 12-pack of Michelob Ultra on top of the buggy and say the men were drinking other alcohol while they drove, according to WAVY.  KALB specifies that the bottles they were drinking contained spiked iced tea.

When the men were pulled over, a short chase ensued, police said. It concluded when the men fled into a wooded area, leaving the horse and buggy behind. Authorities had the buggy towed and the horse was taken to a temporary home, KALB reported. 

Now, authorities are hoping the men will come forward.

"Maybe there's just that fear of the consequences and that would be a reality for them, that there are consequences," Dragovich said. "But I encourage him to come forward get their buggy and horse.

The sheriff's office said that a buggy is a vehicle — just like a car, so similar laws regarding drinking would apply. The men could face additional charges for refusing to comply when pulled over, KALB reported.

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