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Kicking Off Memorial Weekend With a Drunk, a Zebra, and a Parrot

Today is Friday, and so starts Memorial Day Weekend 2012.  Many people like to celebrate their three-day weekends with drinking, which is fine in moderation, just don’t be like this guy:

Jerald Reiter, from Cascade, Iowa, was stopped by police following reports that animals were trapped in a vehicle parked at a local business. By the time Officer Chad Leitzen of the Dubuque, Iowa police arrived on the scene, the owner of the car was there and clearly intoxicated. (Probably not surprising, as he was coming out of a bar.) The real surprise was that the man had a zebra in the cabin of his pickup truck and a parrot on his shoulder. The police report stated, “I observed a zebra in the back seat of the vehicle and a parrot on the driver’s shoulder.”  The officer conducted a breathalyzer test on Reiter, who flunked spectacularly with a blood alcohol content of .148, well over the .08 state limit.

Reiter’s girlfriend, Vickey Teters, told reporters that the zebra and parrot are their pets.

So, if you’re going to go out tonight, be smart, drink responsibly, and leave the zebra at home. :-D

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