CODY - A Cody man has been cited for public intoxication while riding his horse on a busy street during a weekend snowstorm.
Police received a call at 4 p.m. Sunday from a motorist who was concerned that Benjamin Daniels, 28, was creating a road hazard by riding his horse in conditions of poor visibility.
An officer stopped Daniels to explain that drivers were having difficulty spotting his slow-moving white horse as he was riding along Yellowstone Avenue near Wal-Mart, said Assistant Police Chief George Menig.
"Because of the wind, the blowing snow and the color of the horse, we were worried he was a danger to himself and motorists," Menig said.
Steady snow, gusting winds and subzero temperatures continued throughout the day.
As police continued to observe Daniels, it was clear that he was "highly intoxicated," Menig said.
Police saw Daniels drinking beer as he moved behind Cassie's Bar and Supper Club, apparently in an attempt to avoid them, Menig said.
Although some who are cited for public intoxication are issued a ticket but not detained, police believed Daniels could not safely be released until he was sober, Menig said.
Daniels had been spotted earlier riding along Highway 120 between Road 2AB and the Shoshone River. Menig said police did not know the reason for his excursion.
Police contacted a friend of Daniels, who picked up the horse.
Menig said he could not recall any other recent citations for public intoxication while on horseback.
"This is another first for me in Park County law enforcement," he said.
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