By JOSH NEWTON
Tahlequah police arrested two Tulsa men and impounded their dog last weekend after one of the men claimed the canine was driving their mini-van and caused it to become stuck.
Officer Thomas Donnell responded Saturday night to an area near West Keetoowah and the State Highway 51 bypass to check on a mini-van and two men in the vehicle who were possibly intoxicated.
Donnell found William D. McDonald, 65, in the driver’s seat of the Chrysler Town and Country mini-van. Steven B. Schofield, 42, was a passenger.
McDonald first told police he and Schofield had pulled over because they were tired, and when they tried to turn around, the van became stuck.
“I asked who was driving the vehicle and both of them denied even driving the vehicle,” said Donnell. “McDonald stated that the dog was driving the vehicle and that was why they had gotten stuck.”
Donnell said both men smelled of alcohol and appeared to be drunk. Both had trouble standing without assistance and had poor hand-to-eye coordination, Donnell reported.
McDonald and Schofield were taken to the city jail for public intoxication charges. The dog was taken to the city pound. Police also found a loaded 12-gauge shotgun while inventorying the van.
The vehicle could not be moved from the scene without a wrecker.