Patrick Schumacher, arrested for 'riding under the influence' in Boulder, gets horse and dog back

BOULDER, Colo. - A horseman who arrested for riding under the influence on Monday has been reunited with his steed and his dog.

On Tuesday, CU-Boulder Police tweeted, "Dillon, Bufford released to owner today. Patrick off to Utah."

Patrick would be Patrick Schumacher and Dillon would be his horse. Bufford is his dog. Schumacher bonded out of Boulder County Jail overnight, and is scheduled to return to Boulder County Court on Oct. 31 to be formally charged in the case.

CU-Boulder police said they started investigating Schumacher 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 from Larkspur, Colo., to Bryce, Utah -- a 600-mile journey by car -- to attend his brother's wedding.

Schumacher said he previously lost his driver’s license, so he decided to ride his horse to Utah, police said.

Court records show that Schumacher has also run into trouble with the law while driving a car.

In 2000, he was arrested in El Paso County for felony vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an injury accident, speeding and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, according to court records.

Schumacher pleaded guilty to felony vehicular assault and was a given a three-year deferred sentence, court records state. This allowed the man to avoid jail time and clear his record if he stayed out of trouble for three years. All other charges were dismissed.

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