Just let the Zebra drive

I saw an abbreviated version of this headline on the Gazette the other day, and thought, “please let this be something that happened in Iowa.”  Good news: it was.  Bad news: it was.

Pet zebra, macaw found in truck outside Dubuque bar by Katie Wiedemann for the Cedar Rapids Gazette, May 22, 2012

It sounds like the beginning of a joke: A man, a zebra and a parrot walk into a bar.

This time it was no joke. That’s exactly what Jerald Reiter, 55, of Cascade, said he did Sunday night in Dubuque.

Dubuque police found the trio in the cab of Reiter’s pickup truck outside the Dog House Lounge at 1646 Asbury Road. Police charged Reiter with operating while intoxicated.

Everybody knows you can’t trust a parrot behind the wheel.

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