Man sentenced for riding horse while drunk

Published On: Jan 08 2013 12:11:51 PM EST

Flagler County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Charles Cowart

BUNNELL, Fla. -

A man accused of riding his horse while intoxicated during a half-hour police chase through the streets of a city in Flagler County was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail and three years of drug offender probation.

Charles Cowart, 29, pleaded no contest to obstructing an officer without violence and interfering with railroad tracks or equipment. The state dropped the charges of fleeing or attempting to elude and cruelty to animals.

In September, investigators said Cowart told them he was on his way to his grandmother's house and refused their request to get off the horse and took off. Eventually, the horse became exhausted and Cowart jumped off and ran. He was arrested a short time later.

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