The wild West's reputation is alive and kicking after police arrested an intoxicated Greymouth woman for being drunk and disorderly on a horse.
The 48-year-old was warned by police to go home as she rode to Revingtons Hotel in Greymouth on Saturday for a night out, said an onlooker.
However, she refused, claiming there were no laws preventing people riding horses in town, so continued on her way.
Her steed tethered outside the pub attracted attention from patrons, prompting her to offer them rides around the town's centre for about half an hour or more.
"She was leading the horse, just walking on the footpath and had a high-vis jacket on. The young ones were enjoying it. People thought it was cool," said the onlooker, who asked to remain anonymous. "She was a little intoxicated but she was in control."
However, the police were unimpressed.
"She tried to bring the horse into the hotel's reception to avoid them," the witness said.
It was possible the woman had also tried to get her horse to kick the police and run them down, the witness said.
Police pulled her off her horse, their actions shocking patrons, who took cellphone videos of her arrest.
A police spokeswoman said the woman was locked up for the night but received only a pre-charge warning.
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