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November 6, 2008

Driving dog has accident at car wash

The owner of a blue Pit Bull was surprised Tuesday afternoon when her dog shifted the car into gear while she was washing it at Spot Free Car Wash in Pryor.

Police Officer Brent Crittenden said the 1982 Buick doesn’t require the brake to be pressed when shifting, which allowed the dog to shift the car into reverse. He said the 70-pound dog jumped on the dash and somehow shifted the car into reverse.

The car backed out of the a car wash bay on the south side of the car wash and continued onto Highway 69. It traveled north in reverse, then looped around and backed into the automated car wash lane.

Crittenden said the vehicle almost hit another car while backing up on the highway.

“This is the first time in 26 years where I get to work a wreck and leave all my driver info blank,” said Crittenden.

He joked about waiting on confirmation of the dog’s driver’s license before writing any tickets.

The animal was licensed with the city of Pryor, so “I didn’t have to take the dog to jail.”

The owner of the vehicle was unable to provide proof of insurance, so the car was impounded.

Crittenden said since the dog is registered with the city, the owner was allowed to walk the dog home.

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