Crime

Underage drinking arrest leads to felony charge of taunting police animals

A Trout Run man was arrested during Saturday’s football game against Ohio State for bothering state police horses.

According to court documents, Benjamin Reighard, 18, was arrested on charges of underage drinking during the game. He was released at 9:40 p.m. and sent home. He didn’t follow those instructions, police said.

Five minutes later, police said, he was again sent on his way by members of the state police mounted unit for being loud, at which point he began to run around the police horses.

“He started to taunt, torment and tease the four horses,” according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Reighard, who was described as highly intoxicated, very loud and uncooperative, was taken into custody after a struggle.

After being taken to the police station at Beaver Stadium, Reighard gave a false name and birth date and then said he was “pleading the fifth,” police said.

Reighard was charged with felony taunting of a police animal, misdemeanor false identification to law enforcement and summary public drunkenness. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday. He was freed on $10,000 unsecured bail.

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