• A man tried to avoid arrest by switching places with his dog after being pulled over for speeding.
  • The driver exited the vehicle from the passenger side and insisted he had not been at the wheel.
  • The man was charged with a DUI, while the dog was let go "with just a warning," police said.

A driver who was stopped by police in Colorado for speeding on Saturday night attempted to shift the blame by switching seats with his dog, putting his pet in the driver seat, police said.

A police officer watched the entirety of the bizarre attempt unfold, witnessing the driver trying to put his pet behind the wheel as he maneuvered to the other side of the car, according to a Facebook post by Springfield Police in southeastern Colorado.

The driver was then seen exiting the vehicle from the passenger side, before insisting that he had not been the one driving, police said.

According to the police department, the driver showed clear signs of intoxication, and ran away when asked how much he had had to drink.

The driver was apprehended within 20 yards of the vehicle, the police department added.

Police found that the driver had two active warrants for his arrest, and he was booked into the Baca County Jail.

He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while ability impaired, driving under suspension, speeding, and resisting arrest.

The dog was given to an acquaintance of the driver to be looked after while the suspect was in jail, Springfield Police Department said. 

It added: "The dog does not face any charges and was let go with just a warning. "

Springfield Police Department did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment, but the social media post indicates that the investigation into the incident was ongoing as of Sunday.

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