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After odd encounter, California Highway Patrol warns not to ride your horse on the freeway while drunk

California Highway Patrol officers are used to pulling over speeding cars on the freeway, not meandering horses.

Early Saturday morning, CHP officers patrolling State Route 91 in Long Beach received a call about a man riding a white horse along the road. By the time they stopped him, he had exited the freeway and ridden into Bellflower, where officers conducted a field sobriety test, ABC Los Angeles reports. His blood-alcohol levels registered at .21 and .19 percent, more than double the legal limit, and he was arrested and booked for riding a horse while under the influence. The horse, named Guera, was uninjured, and he was picked up by the man's mother.

While booking the rider, officers likely discovered the reason why he was intoxicated: He had just turned 29 years old. The CHP tweeted that they don't "'horse' around with DUI," and there's never a reason to "put yourself, your beautiful animal, and others in danger of being killed in traffic."