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Man Arrested After High-Speed Chase Claimed He Was Trying To Teach His Dog To Drive

Man Arrested After High-Speed Chase Claimed He Was Trying To Teach His Dog To Drive

A man was arrested after a high-speed chase in which his dog was behind the wheel, a Washing State Trooper has said.

Officers were lead on a 100mph chase on Sunday, eventually using spike strips to stop the vehicle, where they discovered a pit bull at the wheel.

State Trooper Heather Axtman said the man in the car told cops he was attempting to teach his dog how to drive. Yeah, I don't know how to respond to that, either.

Axtman told CNN: "He was driving very erratically. So erratically that multiple people called 911."

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A chase ensued, during which the suspect was driving 'recklessly'.

As Troopers tried to corner the car to stop it, one of the spotted that there appeared to be a dog in the driving seat, while the man steered.

Stock Image. Credit: Creative Commons/arthaximmo
Stock Image. Credit: Creative Commons/arthaximmo

Thankfully, the troopers were able to use the spike strips to stop the vehicle before he hurt someone, something Axtman said was 'nothing shy of miraculous'.

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Axtman added: "I wish I could make this up. I've been a trooper for almost 12 years and wow, I've never heard this excuse. I've been in a lot of high-speed chases, I've stopped a lot of cars, and never have I gotten an excuse that they were teaching their dog how to drive."

The man, from Lakewood, Washington, was charged with reckless endangerment, hit and run, driving under the influence and felony eluding.

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Oh and in case you're worried about the pooch, she was taken to a local animal shelter and is, according to Axtman, a 'very sweet girl'.

Bizarrely, this isn't the first time a 'driving' dog has hit headlines. Last November, residents of a quiet cul-de-sac in Florida were left scratching their heads after they saw a grey sedan going around in circles, seemingly with no driver.

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However, there was a driver, he just wasn't human.

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According to local reports, the car's owner had just parked up and stepped out of the car for a moment - the owner's dog then made his way to the front of the car and somehow managed to knock it into reverse.

The poor pooch spent almost an hour going in circles before police came to deal with the situation.

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Speaking to local news, amused neighbour Anna Sabol said: "It was weird, I figured 'how the heck did they manage to do that'. He was a better driver than a lot of them I've seen.

"Then I saw another cop car and another cop car. I laughed, I thought they should give the dog a licence to drive."

Featured Image Credit: Washington State Patrol

Topics: Dog, US News, crime, Animals

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Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at editorial@ladbible.com