Bunnell, Florida - The surveillance video shows him riding the horse in a full gallop, rounding the corner and down the street.
29-year-old Charles Cowart and his horse, "The Wiley Coyote," blow through a stop sign and keep going.
"We tried to stop him and talk with him to get off the horse. He took off at a gallop, through most of the areas in the city," says Lt. Randy Burke with the Bunnell Police Department.
Cowart and Wiley's wild ride started at 10 a.m. Monday and lasted more than five hours.
"It was a large crowd of people who were beginning to follow him around and he'd almost run over several people with the horse as well as in and out in front of cars... so he started to develop quite a crowd and quite a stir in town," Burke explains.
Police say people would give him stuff along the way. For instance, at one point his headphones stopped working so somebody gave him earbuds so he could listen to his iPod while riding on horseback.
But he wouldn't listen to police, and he and Wiley continued to race away from officers who had to stop traffic -- and even a train -- for them.
"He was kinda starting to go in and out of consciousness from where he was under the influence, so being on the railroad tracks, we had to stop the southbound train so we did not have a conflict or have him or the horse injured," says Burke.
Well, Wiley's just fine.
"The horse is absolutely OK," says Chuck Cowart, the horse rider's father. "He's no tired-er than a cowboy would be after he got off a day's ride in the cow-woods."
Chuck Cowart was able to catch up to the mayhem near the railroad tracks, and pulled his son off the horse.
Cowart got away again and ran into swampy woods, but was chased out by police k-9.
"That's my son and he's mentally depressed and the family's behind him and we've got him where we can help him," says the father. "I appreciate all the help that I've had getting him where I got him."
It's a day at the office Lt. Burke says he'll never forget.
"That would be the first time in almost 20 years of law enforcement that I've had a horse running from the police, so that would be a first."
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