PENNGROVE, California — A man busted for drunk driving is believed to have earlier crashed his car through a corral, killing a woman’s beloved pair of miniature horses and then fleeing the scene.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s office said the tragic hit-and-run occurred around 2 a.m. Saturday when a car ploughed through a Penngrove woman’s property, striking the two horses, Scout and Big Red. The animals were later euthanized.
Cops in nearby Cotati, California busted Ronald Rennert, of Oakland, after spotting him swerving all over the road in a Honda CRV that appeared to have damage to its front end, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported.
After getting him back to the station house, word filtered back about the unsolved horse hit-and-run and officers put two and two together, cops said.
Further investigation revealed pieces of what appeared to be a Honda CRV on the grounds at the horse corral and traces of horse hair embedded in the front of Rennert’s car, police said.
The horse’s owner, Juanita Carrillo said the tragedy had left her deeply shaken.
“Even though this won’t bring my ponies back, it does give us a bit of relief to know that we have found him and he will have to pay the price for what he has done,” she wrote on her Facebook page.