AAAText SizeDoggone, What A RidePOSTED: 4:40 pm CST December 29, 2010
UPDATED: 5:08 pm CST December 29, 2010
MINDEN -- A Minden man left his van running with his dog inside -- and when the dog hopped behind the wheel, things literally went downhill on a wild trip from the grocery store to the bank.
It happened Tuesday on Minden's busiest street after the dog either knocked the sport utility vehicle into gear or it wasn't properly put into park.
The van -- with the dog, Honeybun, in the front seat -- went across the parking lot of Brookshire's supermarket, crossed Homer Road and crashed into a support column at Regions bank across the street.
It was about 7 p.m. and the street was heavy with traffic but no one collided with the runaway van.
Honeybun made it through the wreck no worse for the wear. Police said they found her in the back seat of the van.
Minden police said Alexander Bostick left his vehicle running while he went inside Brookshire's to pick up some items. His dog and van were across the street when he came outside.
"He came running across the street, wanting to know what we we were doing with his van," witness Rob Balentine said. "I showed him, 'Your dog drove across the street, man.'"
The first police officer on the scene, Bo Turner, happens to be Minden's K-9 officer and his partner was riding shotgun with him.
"Coincidence, it had to be a dog call," Turner quipped.
The dog's owner declined comment on the incident. He didn't get a ticket.