Ruff justice: Israeli man arrested for letting his dog drive his car near Jerusalem

The man, who has not been named, was seen letting his pet steer a moving vehicle


A man in Israel has been arrested after a video of a dog driving a car went viral on social media.

In a video that spread across Israeli WhatsApp groups on Monday, a dog appears to be sitting on a man’s lap holding a car’s steering wheel for a couple of minutes as the vehicle travels down a Jerusalem street.

Israel’s Central Traffic Unit was alerted to the video after it went viral and sent officers in Jerusalem to track down and apprehend the driver's owner.

The man, a 35-year-old resident of the Arab-Israeli village of Ein Nakuba, is currently under investigation by Israeli Police for the incident and could have to face traffic charges in court for endangering other road users and for driving a vehicle without a valid road test.

Israeli police emphasised that the suspect had behaved in a dangerous and improper manner when he allowed his dog to be in the driver’s seat, diminishing his own and other’s driving capability.

The police said in a statement: “Those who do such acts disrespect human life. We will continue to work to enforce serious traffic offenses and prosecute suspects who endanger road users with their actions.”

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