Man suspected of drunk driving in Pennsylvania kills horse

A man police believe may have been intoxicated at the time of a car crash may be facing charges. Pennsylvania police detained the man on suspicion of drunk driving the night of March 17 after he ran his vehicle off the road. Apparently, a horse was also killed in the event. 

Police say the 25-year-old man was traveling along a stretch of highway near Portersville when the accident happened. For reasons currently unknown, the man's truck left the road and struck a telephone pole before knocking over a fence and entering a field. The truck then struck a 16-year-old Tennessee Walker horse owned by the people who also owned the property. It is unclear how much the horse was worth, but it had sentimental value to the family. 

It is unclear how police came to the determination that the man may have been drinking, nor whether they made use of roadside sobriety tests. They say they are waiting for the results of a toxicology analysis, which suggests they may have taken a blood test, but, again, the details of this interaction were not included in the report. It is unclear whether the man is in police custody at this time. 

Despite the sad loss of the family's horse and the damage done to the property, the car accident does not necessarily point to drunk driving. Pennsylvania police will have to provide proof of the man's intoxication, as well as a detailed breakdown of the process with which they administered the toxicology test. If the man did not voluntarily submit to a blood test, or if his rights were infringed upon in any way during the process, the outcome of the test may not be deemed admissible as evidence in a criminal hearing. 

Source: mysanantonio.com, "Truck hits pole, knocks out fence before running over horse", March 19, 2015

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