DUI? More Like RUI for Luis Alfredo Perez, Who Allegedly Rode Horse on Freeway

A CHP officer conducts a field sobriety test for Luis Alfredo Perez while Guera the horse wishes she was anywhere else right now. Courtesy CHP

First off, we wish Luis Alfredo Perez would change his name to Wilbur because “Oh, Luis” does not have the same zing as “Oh, Wilbur.”

For as everyone from here to Churchill Downs knows, a horse is a horse, of course, of course, and no one can ride a horse on a freeway while drunk, of course, not even if it’s a talking horse like the famous Mr. Ed.

But Perez, 29, of Placentia, was arrested around 1 a.m. Sunday after allegedly riding a white Arabian horse down the eastbound lanes of the 91 freeway near Paramount Boulevard in Los Angeles County.

A California Highway Patrol officer intercepted Perez, who is alleged to have tested with a blood-alcohol content of .21 percent, or more than double the legal limit.

Guera the horse appears deep in thought as Luis Alfredo Perez is handcuffed. Courtesy CHP

He went to jail where he was held in lieu of $50,000 bail for alleged DUI, which, come to think of it, should actually be RUI for riding under the influence.

The horse, which does not answer to “Mr. Ed” but “Guera,” was released unharmed to Perez’s mother.

Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.

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