Omar Pizano: Felony Charge After Police Claim He Was Drunk on Horseback
Sure Omar Pizano is only 19 and thus (allegedly) drunk illegally at 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. But some would say he did the right thing when he had to go home. He set down his car keys and picked up the reins to his horse Muneca, slurred out a "Giddy-up" and cantered off toward dreamland and a likely fierce afternoon hangover.
Evidently Pizano was not keeping his steed steady down the road, though, because Harris County constables were dispatched to check on his progress. Once this posse caught up with him, they claimed that he smelled of alcohol, told him to dismount and rassled him into the back of a waiting patrol car.
That's when Constables claim that Pizano lost it. They say he went berserk in the back of the car, kicking windows and destroying some of the electrical wiring. They have now charged him with felony criminal mischief since the damages Pizano is alleged to have brought about have a price tag of over $1,500.
Some media sources have claimed that police would charge him with a DWI-like offense known informally as "riding while intoxicated," but for an offense like that to stick, the vehicle in question has to be motorized. Or at least that was the case in a similar incident earlier this year in Austin, where prosecutors dropped DWI charges against two tipsy cowpokes picked up on Sixth Street.
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"DWI on a horse my ass!" Pizano grumbled on his Facebook page. After all, as one of his friends noted there, he was riding not driving, and the horse was sober as Ted Poe in his church pew.
Pizano claims he was enraged because one of the constables had lifted his cowboy hat, which had belonged to Pizano's late father. The constables have denied snatching the hat and its whereabouts now are apparently unknown.
Pizano has said that he regrets losing his cool, but that the hat had sentimental value.