According to a spokeswoman for the State Patrol, on Sunday, a man from Lakewood, Washington, was arrested after the authorities chased him on a high-speed with his dog sitting in the driver’s seat.
During this chase, the man hit two cars on separate occasions and refused to stop both times, though no major injuries were reported.
“He was driving very erratically. So erratically that multiple people called 911,” trooper Heather Axtman told CNN.
“The suspect was driving “absolutely recklessly,” and a pursuit ensued at 109 miles an hour, she said. One of the troopers attempted to corner the suspect’s car, looked inside and realized a pit bull was sitting in the driver’s seat while the suspect steered, Axtman said.
This pursuit ended when the suspect ended his race onto a trail for pedestrians and bicyclists in Snohomish County.
“The fact that there wasn’t anybody on the trail is nothing shy of miraculous,” Axtman said. “We are very thankful.”
The man was subsequently arrested and as an explanation for his reckless driving he said that he was “trying to teach his dog how to drive.”
“I wish I could make this up,” Axtman, who is also a public information officer, said. “I’ve been a trooper for almost 12 years and wow, I’ve never heard this excuse. I’ve been in a lot of high-speed chases, I’ve stopped a lot of cars, and never have I gotten an excuse that they were teaching their dog how to drive.”