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Riders Take Horses Into Steamboat Springs Safeway

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A man on a horse pays for an item at the Safeway in Steamboat Springs (credit: CBS)

A man on a horse pays for an item at the Safeway in Steamboat Springs (credit: CBS)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – A couple of people went on a crazy ride in Steamboat Springs over the weekend. The three people took their horses to several bars, a Starbucks and a grocery store.

All three galloped into a Safeway grocery at about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday. The riders scared shoppers and clerks.

The Steamboat Pilot reported that police used a stun gun and arrested Michael Joseph Miller because he allegedly ignored police orders.

According to the Steamboat Pilot, the ride began more than 10 hours earlier atop Emerald Mountain.

“I had a great ride right up until the very end,” Miller, 44, told the Steamboat Pilot an hour and a half after he was released on a $750 bond from the Routt County Jail.

Miller faces charges including suspicion of harassment, disorderly conduct, obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest. Police said Miller was involved in a fight at a pub around 9:30 p.m.

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Kenneth Recker and Roxanne Lange, of Clark, were the other riders, but they were not arrested. According to the Steamboat Pilot the three had visited several bars before going to Starbucks and Safeway for a snack.

“I came out and saw three huge horses standing in front of our Starbucks counter, and one of the riders was trying to buy a bag of chips,” Jackson told the Pilot. “These were three huge horses, not small horses. I looked at the riders and I told them ‘You have got to go. This violates every policy we have.’ ”

It’s not clear yet on what inspired them to take their horses through town.

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