A resident of western Washington state was arrested after a high-speed hunt that left officials baffled after finding the man's pit bull behind the wheel.
The incident happened on Sunday afternoon after police received calls for a driver to hit and then race two vehicles in an area south of Seattle, police officer Heather Axtman told AFP.
She said emergency services later received multiple calls for a car that ran irregularly at speeds of over 160 kilometers per hour.
Axtman said when the officers began chasing them, they approached the vehicle – a 1996 Buick – and were shocked to see a pit bull in the driver's seat and a man who steered and pressed the accelerator pedal from the passenger's side.
The persecution ended after the police used spike strips and arrested 51-year-old Alberto Tito Alejandro, who was booked for several crimes, including drug-driving.
"When we took him into custody … he admitted to our soldiers that he was trying to teach his dog how to drive," said Axtman.
"I have been a soldier for almost 10 years and had many excuses when I arrested or ran people over, but I never had an excuse for the dog driving," she added with a laugh.
Axtman said the Pitbull woman, who was not aggressive towards the arresting officers, was taken to an animal shelter.
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