Amish man steering a horse-drawn buggy charged with DUI after sideswiping a car and then claiming one of his seven KIDS were driving
- An Amish man was arrested on multiple charges after his horse-drawn carriage sideswiped a car with his wife and seven children on board
- Police arrested Reuben Yoder, 34, at Hydro Pondsville Road in Kentucky
- He failed a sobriety test and had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, police said
- Yoder allegedly told cops one of his seven children was steering the carriage
An Amish man faces charges including DUI after his horse-drawn buggy collided with a car in Kentucky.
Rueben Yoder, 34, was arrested by the Smiths Grove Police Department after they responded to a crash at Hydro Pondsville Road and T. Elkins Road.
His wife, Salome Yoder, and seven children ranging from 9 months to 12 years old, were also in the buggy when he is alleged to have sideswiped a car and damaged its front bumper.
Rueben Yoder, 34, (pictured), was arrested on multiple charges including DUI after his horse-drawn carriage sideswiped a car in Kentucky
Yoder initially told police that one of the children was steering the buggy, but they denied it and told them it was their father. None of them were injured in the collision.
During the investigation, Yoder took field sobriety tests and he was found to be under the influence of alcohol, according to a statement from the police department.
He was taken to a local hospital where he refused to have a blood test, Bowling Green Daily News reported.
SGPD Assistant Chief Wes Jenkins reported in an arrest citation that he detected an odor of alcoholic beverage from Yoder, who had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.
‘(Yoder) exhibited poor balance and stated he had consumed alcoholic beverages,’ Jenkins said in an arrest citation.
The car involved in the crash received damage to its front bumper and on the driver’s side.
A typical horse-drawn carriage used by members of the Amish community for transportation
The crash happened Hydro Pondsville Road near the intersection with T. Elkins Road, (pictured), in Warren County at 10.25 pm on Tuesday
The horse and buggy had two yellow reflector lights on its front, according to the arrest citation.
‘(Yoder) initially claimed one of his children was operating the buggy,’ Jenkins wrote in the citation, adding that the children claimed their father was driving.
Yoder was arrested Tuesday on nine counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, a count each of first-degree criminal mischief and operating a non-motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants.
The wanton endangerment and criminal mischief counts are all Class D felonies, punishable by up to five years in prison.
Yoder was arraigned Wednesday by Warren District Judge Sam Potter, who set a $2,500 surety bond.
Kentucky’s Amish population has been growing steadily over the past two decades, with a total of 8,000 people living in more than 30 settlements.