Jerald Reiter, 55, of Cascade, Iowa, was picked up on suspicion of drunk driving.
Credits: Dubuque Police Department
Guy walks into a bar with a parrot and a zebra...
Nothing wrong with that, but when you get behind the wheel after boozing with your animal pals, you're asking for trouble.
So the story goes for Cascade, Iowa, corn farmer Jerald Reiter, 55, who was picked up on suspicion of drunk driving in the parking lot of the Dog House Lounge on Sunday.
In the truck with him were his buddies PeeWee, a three-month-old zebra in the back seat, and parrot Izzy perched on his shoulder.
According to KCRG-TV, Reiter had a blood-alcohol level of .14 -- close to double the legal limit in Iowa.
"I said, 'Let's go for a ride.' I ain't been away from the farm for almost two months because I've been planting corn and everything else," he told the Des Moines Register. "So I opened the door, the zebra jumps in, the macaw loves to go for a ride, so we went for a ride."
The bar in Dubuque, Iowa, however, denies Reiter's yarn that he was in the establishment with his pets, quaffing booze.
Reiter, they say, put his pets back in the truck and returned to the bar for too many refreshments after the animals were refused entry.
He was released from jail Monday.