A man alleged to have slapped a police horse on the backside soon found himself being pursued by three mounted officers.
Sebastian Konrad Laski, 24, of Duluth, is alleged to have committed the offence during St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Savannah, Georgia.
It transpires he did not enjoy the luck of the Irish, and was arrested on a charge of striking a police animal and two counts of obstructing police.
The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office told local media that officers moved to arrest Laski following the alleged slap on the rump of Bella in the early hours of Sunday, but he went limp and fell to the ground.
He then fled on foot, having lost his shirt, with three mounted officers in pursuit.
He was ultimately caught by an officer on foot.
Laski was booked into Chatham County Jail. A $US3500 bond was set.