According to WDJT, a Wisconsin man was pulled over by police after calls of a possible DUI driver with a hawk on his shoulder. Police pulled over Ernesto Martinez-Garnica and found a brown chicken in the car. The chicken was sober but Martinez-Garnica was not, according to police. The chicken’s name is Teresa.
The 911 operator received a call that “We’re on Howell, there’s a guy behind us, and he has a—he’s driving really reckless, but he has a hawk in his car. He’s like just driving, holding it, he’s swerving all over the road on Howell.”
Given that call, a few defenses could be made.
- Martinez-Garnica could claim a lack of reasonable suspicion since the police were looking for a drunk driver with a hawk on his shoulder. Martinez-Garnica was a drunk driver with a chicken on his shoulder. (That means somewhere there is a drunk driver with a hawk on his shoulder laughing his head off).
- There is also that possible claim of profiling poultry-assisted drivers.
- He could claim fowl play and say that the chicken was the one driving and she was sober.
- There is the claim that the chicken was a service animal who assisted Martinez-Garnica in driving.
- Finally, he could call the chicken to attest to his imPECKable driving.
The problem is that Martinez-Garnica failed the field sobriety test and this is his third DUI. It was however the chicken’s first arrest. Nevertheless, Teresa is believing headed for the pen.