Bunnell man pleads not guilty to riding horse while drunk

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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 north Florida city.
 
Reports said 29-year-old Charles Larkin Cowart 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, about 60 miles south of Jacksonville.
 
Police said Cowart told them he was on his way to his grandmother's house. He refused their request to get off the horse, and took off. Eventually, the horse became exhausted.

The chase ended when Cowart's father, Chuck, caught up to him and tackled him off the horse.

Cowart got away again and ran into swampy woods, but was chased out by a police K-9.
 
Pat Cowart said her grandson "just hit a little slump."