Posted by: Idioma Extra | March 22, 2011

The Weird and the Wonderful

Plenty of Horsepower: Amish Man Accused of Drag Racing in Buggy


You might call this alleged street racer a rebel without a car.

Police in Ashland, Ohio, say they have charged an Amish man with driving left of center after he clipped a motorist during a horse-and-buggy race.

Law enforcement officials say Jacob Raber was the man behind the reins when a horse carriage struck a car on Route 758 on Sunday, Fox 8 News reports.

Raber was reportedly racing another horse and buggy to a nearby church when he attempted to make a pass.

But when the horse-powered vehicle crossed the center line, it clipped an oncoming car, according to investigators.

Raber reportedly suffered scratches and cuts in the accident. His three passengers and the motorist escaped unharmed.

This isn’t the first time police have busted a carriage driver for reckless riding.

Last year, officers in Leon, N.Y., charged a 17-year-old Amish youth with underage possession of alcohol and overdriving an animal, among other charges, after he allegedly led officers on a low-speed chase in his buggy.

Word of the Day

al·lege: \ə-ˈlej\
Origin: Middle English alleggen to submit in evidence or as justification, adduce, from Anglo-French aleger, allegger, probably in part modification of Medieval Latin allegare, from Latin, to send as a representative, adduce in support of a plea (from ad- + legare to depute), in part from Anglo-French aleger to lighten, free, exculpate, from Late Latin alleviare to relieve — more at legate, alleviate
First Known Use: 14th century
1archaic : to adduce or bring forward as a source or authority
2: to assert without proof or before proving <the newspaper alleges the mayor’s guilt>
3: to bring forward as a reason or excuse

More Vocabulary

Amish: adj. of or relating to a strict sect of Mennonites who were followers of Amman and settled in America chiefly in the 18th century
Bust: v.
(slang) arrest
Clip: v.
hit, punch; especially: to strike in passing <the car skidded off the road and clipped a lamppost>
Buggy: n.
a light, four-wheeled, horse-drawn carriage with a single seat and a transverse spring
Rein(s): n.
a leather strap, fastened to each end of the bit of a bridle, by which the rider or driver controls a horse or other animal by pulling so as to exert pressure on the bit.


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