Queensland Woman Sentenced To 18 Months Probation For Drunk Riding A Horse To The Pub
Charmaine Maguire, 51, said she had no idea what she was doing was wrong, as she'd ridden her horse drunk plenty of times before.
A Queensland woman was sentenced to 18-months probation on Tuesday after riding her horse through a bottle-shop while drunk.
Charmaine Maguire, 51, told media outside court that she had no idea she was doing the wrong thing by riding her horse to the pub, and had actually done it a number of times before.
"I was very surprised," she said, "because not only have I ridden my horse through quite a few bottle-o's and not been refused service, I've also never been refused service on my horse at that pub either."
Maguire returned a blood alcohol reading of .226 following the incident on June 4, more than four times the legal limit.
"It's the same as driving a car," a police officer told Maguire during the arrest.
"You can't ride a horse over the legal limit."
Maguire, who said she's already undertaking therapy to deal with alcohol issues and her mental health, expressed her gratitude to the police officers and council members who walked her horse Skippy home that night.
"That night I didn't know whether she would be put in the pound," she said.
"Being a disability pensioner I don't have much money, so I was very deeply upset, thinking my horse was in the pound.
"Logan Council and a couple of very nice police officers actually spent till 4 o'clock in the morning walking her home for me, so I'm very grateful for that."