There are some things you only see in Florida, like a dog driving a car and doing donuts.
Neighbors in this otherwise quiet Port St. Lucie cul-de-sac were in for a show when a mischievous black lab got behind the wheel of his family’s car. The joy riding pup was alone in the silver sedan when neighbor Ann Sabol saw the vehicle do some “interesting” maneuvers in front of her house. She told WESH2,
“First I thought I saw somebodey backing up, but then they kept going and I’m like, OK, what are they doing? The cops came and I’m like, OK.”
According to reports, the Florida dog ended up in the car by himself when the human owner of the vehicle left for a few minutes to go into one of the houses. It’s unclear whether the driver accidentally left the car in reverse or if the dog managed to knock the gearshift into “R” all on his own.
With the steering wheel turned, the car started driving in slow circles around the cul-de-sac. Witnesses say the dog was a decent driver for most of his joy ride. He only hit one mailbox, a few garbage cans, and a pile of bricks. For a Florida driver without a license, that’s pretty good.
Despite his mediocre driving skills, police eventually came to put an end to the driving dog show. Multiple police cars flooded the cul-de-sac as cops planned how exactly they were going to stop the slowly spinning car. They ended up getting into the car by quickly punching the keycode into the driver’s side door. They climbed into the car, hit the breaks, and put the vehicle safely in park.
No one was hurt, and the Florida dog seemed fairly pleased with himself as he hopped out of the car with his tail wagging. Sabol said,
“I laughed. I thought they should give that dog a license to drive. He was a better driver than a lof of them I’ve seen.”
It was the dog’s first–and hopefully last–stint behind the wheel, and it gives the rest of us something to think about. The incident could have been much worse. So if you need to leave the car even for a second, it’s best to bring the dog with you. No one wants to find out if your dog is as good a driver as this very good boy.