Man pleads not guilty to riding horse while drunk

Charles Cowart arrested in Bunnell

BUNNELL, Fla. - A man has pleaded not guilty to riding his horse while intoxicated during a half-hour police chase through the streets of a Central Florida city.

Charles Larkin Cowart, 29, initially seemed confused Tuesday about which plea to enter. But after consulting with his court-appointed lawyer, he pleaded not guilty to multiple charges stemming from the Sept. 24 horse chase in Bunnell.

Police say Cowart told them he was on his way to this grandmother's house. He refused their request to get off the horse and took off. Eventually, the horse became exhausted and Coward jumped off and ran. He was arrested a short time later.

Pat Cowart said her grandson "just hit a little slump."

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