Cops discover dog behind the wheel after high-speed chase: 'I wish I could make this up'

Morgan Greenwald

A Washington resident was arrested on Sunday, March 29, following a high-speed chase. However, the man arrested wasn’t actually the one doing the driving; evidently, that was all his pit bull.

The man, a resident of Lakewood, Washington, hit two cars while driving at more than 100 miles per hour before state troopers stepped in, a spokeswoman for the Washington State Patrol told CNN.

“He was driving very erratically. So erratically that multiple people called 911,” trooper Heather Axtman told CNN.

Eventually, the man’s reckless driving turned into a high-speed chase. And according to Axtman, it was during that high-speed chase that a trooper looked into the car and noticed that a dog was sitting in the driver’s seat.

When troopers were finally able to stop the speeding car with spike strips, the man told them simply that he was “trying to teach his dog how to drive.”

“I wish I could make this up,” Axtman 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.”

Naturally, the man was charged with reckless endangerment, hit and run, driving under the influence and felony eluding. The “very sweet girl,” meanwhile, was taken to the animal shelter where she will hopefully find a more sensible owner.

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