[KCRG] A Cascade man was arrested outside of a Dubuque bar on Sunday night with a pet zebra and a macaw parrot in the front seat of his truck. Officers charged Jerald Reiter, 55, with OWI. Police reports say officers stopped him in the parking lot of the Dog House bar as his truck drove away. According to police, field sobriety tests showed Reiter had a blood alcohol level of .14. The legal limit in Iowa is .08. Reiter tells KCRG.com that he and his wife see the animals like their kids and often take them for rides. On Sunday night, they say they took the zebra and the macaw to the bar because it often lets people bring their animals inside. Reiter says the owner told him they were serving food that night and he couldn’t bring a zebra inside the bar. Bar owners tell KCRG.com that no animals are ever allowed inside the establishment. At that time he went outside to put the animals in his truck and several people were in the parking lot taking pictures. He believes one of those people called police. Reiter disputes the charges and says he realized he was too drunk to drive and was about to let a passenger in the truck to take the wheel when he was arrested.
Well, Jerald, when you’re strutting around town with your pet fucking zebra, the cops are gonna skip the warning altogether and take you in 11 out of 10 times. Maybe if you were a normal village drunkard you get the benefit of the doubt. And don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating at all. I’d love a pet zebra & parrot, along with a monkey, tiger and my pups. But if I get pinched behind the wheel after a few brews too many with the Bronx Zoo in my ride, I know it’s story time for the fuzz & I’m headed to the clink. What cop is gonna pass up on a parrot mug shot & zebra hoof prints? You want to be the cool guy at the Dog House knocking back Slippery Nipple shots with your wildlife & prospective pussy, do it up bro. Pose for those pics outside. Maybe you’re not even bullshitting in saying you had no intentions of driving – but anyone who knows anything about fame on any level knows you can’t just pick and choose what attention you get. I just hope for your sake you don’t listen to a lot of N.W.A. with your parrot around.