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Town Tackling Horseback DUI Problem


Olive Hill, KY. (AP) - Mayor Jim Short is determined to solve a problem Wyatt Earp no doubt confronted in the towns of the Wild West ­p; drunk people roaming the streets on horseback.

Two horse riders have been arrested in Olive Hill since November on driving under the influence charges, including the president of a local saddle club. To Short, that adds up to a problem with drunken riders. "I have watched people who have had saddle bags plumb full of beer and publicly drunk," Short told a special city council meeting Thursday night.

Short and Councilman Bob Wilson encouraged about 35 members of the Eastern Hills Saddle Club at the meeting to help the city write an ordinance to deal with the problem. The club could even use its bylaws to expel members who drink and ride in the city, Wilson said.

Club members repeatedly interrupted Short to accuse the police department of being unfair to horse riders. But they all agreed that drinking and riding horses do not mix.