Patrick Schumacher, arrested for 'riding under the influence,' gets to brother's wedding with horse

BOULDER, Colo. - The man accused of going on a drunken horseback ride through Boulder on his way to his brother's wedding in Utah says he made it in time for the ceremony.

Patrick Schumacher of Colorado Springs told The Daily Camera he made it to Grand Junction before he and his horse hitched a ride the rest of the way. The wedding was Friday.

CU-Boulder police said they started investigating Schumacher on September 9 after witnesses reported a horse rider was hitting a horse.

Officers spotted the rider near Broadway and College Avenue. They said he was slumped to his right side in the saddle as he crossed streets and forced pedestrians off the sidewalk.

Officers said when they stopped the horse, Schumacher slurred his words, appeared intoxicated and failed roadside intoxication tests.

Schumacher was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and prohibited use of weapons, riding a horse while under the influence of alcohol and reckless endangerment.

Schumacher told police that he was traveling by horse because he had previously lost his driver’s license, police said.

Schumacher is scheduled to return to Boulder County Court on Oct. 31 to be formally charged in the case.

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