November 8, 2012 By Wallin & Klarich

A Delaware man, who allegedly was driving under the influence, said an elephant crossed his path and he served in order to avoid hitting the elephant.

Samuel Phipps, who is 31 years-old, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence by Delaware State police in New Castle, Delaware. The incident occurred on a Friday night in which Phipps was driving in his Land Rover. The Land Rover veered off the road and ran into a guardrail.

According to the state police, when they arrived at the scene and spoke with Phipps, Phipps told them there was an elephant running loose in the streets.

“The trooper who responded to the scene of the accident found that Phipps appeared to be impaired,” according to a police report, which was acquired by the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Phipps told the trooper that the accident was a result of . . . swerving to avoid an elephant he observed running in the path of his vehicle.”

According to Captain John Day of the state police, to the best of his knowledge, there were no reported elephants running loose in New Castle that night.

Along with being charged with driving under the influence, Phipps’ was also charged with failure to provide insurance.

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