Amish Men Drinking While Riding Buggy With Stereo System Run Out Into the Trees After Police Pull Them Over

Two Amish men drinking while riding a horse-drawn buggy equipped with a stereo system were pulled over by deputies in Ohio early Sunday morning, according to reports.

Deputies from the Trumbull County Sheriff's Department said they stopped the buggy just before 1 a.m. in North Bloomfield, but the two men fled into the trees as the horse continued down the road, WKBN reported.

The deputies said they found a 12-pack of Michelob Ultra in the buggy, several of which were open. They also found a sound system installed in the back of the vehicle.

The deputies subsequently towed the buggy and found a temporary home for the horse, where it will stay until the owners come forward, they said.

This is not the first time in recent months that a member of the Amish community has had a run-in with the law while driving a buggy under the influence of alcohol.

In June, 34-year-old Reuben Yoder from Smiths Grove, Kentucky, was arrested by police after he collided with a car at an intersection while under the influence of alcohol, Bowling Green Daily News reported.

Yoder—who was traveling with his wife and seven children at the time of the incident—was subsequently charged with nine counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and one count each of criminal mischief and operating a non-motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants.

Smiths Grove Assistant Chief Wes Jenkins, who attended the scene, said in an arrest report that Yoder smelled of alcohol, was slurring his speech and had bloodshot eyes.

"[Yoder] exhibited poor balance and stated he had consumed alcoholic beverages," Jenkins wrote in the report. "[Yoder] initially claimed one of his children was operating the buggy."

After conducting a field sobriety test that indicated Yoder had consumed alcohol, Jenkins arrested the 34-year-old and took him to be evaluated by medical staff at a health center.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the crash, and the car involved only suffered minor damage.

While many might assume that the Amish don't drink alcohol, the practice does exist, but only in some communities.

The Amish—a group of Christian churches that originated from Swiss-Germans in 16th-century Europe—are known for their traditional way of life that eschews many modern technologies.

As of June 2018, the Amish population in North America stood at an estimated 330,000, an increase of nearly 4 percent on the previous year, according to the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College.

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An Amish horse-drawn buggy is parked with a view of nearby farmland near Intercourse, Pennsylvania. STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images
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