SARASOTA, Fla. — A man in Florida, who led deputies on a high-speed chase, claimed that his dog had been driving the car, according to WFTS.
The high-speed chase began when a deputy spotted a white four-door vehicle speeding through a neighborhood.
The deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver sped up while attempting a turn and traveled into a ditch.
There, the driver, Reliford Cooper III, 26, overcorrected, swerved, went through another ditch and crashed into a home.
Cooper then ran from the vehicle and hid inside the bathroom of a nearby church.
While he was being handcuffed, Cooper said, “I wasn’t driving that car.”
“My dog was driving that car. I ran because I wanted to. You ain’t gonna find no drugs or guns on me.”
Deputies reporting smelling a strong odor of alcohol and marijuana on Cooper. He was charged with DWI.
Cooper was taken to the hospital after he began throwing up and was later placed in jail.