The rider of a white horse on a rural Jessamine County road Saturday was not the apocalyptic image from Revelation but a man riding under the influence, according to the sheriff’s office.
Sgt. Todd Sponcil responded a report of four or five horse riders causing a traffic hazard on John Watts Road around 11 p.m. Saturday. Sponcil says when he arrived he found an inebriated Danny J. Reynolds of 1450 Kissing Ridge Road aboard a white horse.
“I got out with him, started talking with him to tell him that he needed to not be on the roadway after dark,” Sponcil said. “He was obviously intoxicated. I got him off the horse and tried to talk to him a little bit, and he was just too far gone, so we ended up taking him to jail.”
The arrest report states Reynolds, 55, had slurred speech and was unsteady both on and off the horse, unable to stand on the ground without assistance.
The saddle bags on the horse contained beers and a jar of what Reynolds identified as moonshine, according to the arrest report. Sponcil also found marijuana and rolling papers on Reynolds’ person, the report says.
Reynolds was charged with operating a non-motor vehicle under the influence, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sponcil said he has dealt with plenty of problems with animals in the road but had never encountered a case like Saturday’s.
“This is the first DUI I’ve arrested on horseback,” he said.