Man claims driving dog led deputies on high-speed chase

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SARASOTA, Fla. — A man in Florida, who led deputies on a high-speed chase, claimed that his dog had been driving the car, according to WFTS.

The high-speed chase began when a deputy spotted a white four-door vehicle speeding through a neighborhood.

The deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver sped up while attempting a turn and traveled into a ditch.

There, the driver, Reliford Cooper III, 26, overcorrected, swerved, went through another ditch and crashed into a home.

Cooper then ran from the vehicle and hid inside the bathroom of a nearby church.

While he was being handcuffed, Cooper said, “I wasn’t driving that car.”

“My dog was driving that car. I ran because I wanted to. You ain’t gonna find no drugs or guns on me.”

Deputies reporting smelling a strong odor of alcohol and marijuana on Cooper. He was charged with DWI.

Cooper was taken to the hospital after he began throwing up and was later placed in jail.

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