British man fined for riding horse while drunk

LONDON (AP) - Using a 19th-century law, a British court has
fined a man 150 pounds ($215) after be admitted riding a horse
while drunk.
Godfrey Blacklin pleaded guilty to a charge under the 1872
Licensing Act of being drunk in charge of a carriage horse, cattle
or steam engine.
Prosecuting lawyer David Thompson told Newcastle Magistrates
Court it was "not a charge you see every day."
He said 31-year-old Blacklin was stopped by police while riding
bareback in Newcastle, northeast England, in October. Officers
found he was unsteady on his feet and slurring his words.
Blacklin's lawyer said the defendant accepted he was drunk at
the time.
Magistrates on Friday ordered him to pay the fine and 35 pounds
($50) in costs.

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