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Man Arrested For DUI After Parrot Rats Him Out

A man in Mexico was arrested for DUI after his parrot ratted him out:

A Mexican motorist was busted drunken driving after his pet parakeet ratted him out to police.

Guillermo Reyes, 49, was pulled over by traffic officers at a routine alcohol checkpoint in Mexico City last week.

As he got out of his blue Chevy to be tested, cops heard a voice saying: “He’s drunk, he’s drunk.

At first, they thought someone else was inside the vehicle.

But, on closer inspection, they were stunned to see it was Reyes’ beloved bird turned snitch.

El Universal reports that Reyes was indeed found to be drunk and was subsequently arrested.

This is why you never take your parrot bar hopping.

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Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May, 2010 and also writes at Below The Beltway. Follow Doug on Twitter | Facebook


  1. HiPlanesDrifter says:

    Man, that’s brutal – getting squealed on by your pet bird, a real stool pigeon! He should trade the bird for a dog b/c man’s best friend wouldn’t rat on you!

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  2. ernieyeball says:

    @HiPlanesDrifter:…man’s best friend wouldn’t rat on you!

    He will just leave piles of dog crap all over your back yard…with friends like that…

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  3. ernieyeball says:

    Per babaylon: Es borracho, es borracho!

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  4. John Peabody says:

    Click-bait. Disappointing for OTB. Parrots ‘parrot’, they do not communicate, they only repeat learned phrases, and ‘say’ them at random. This story is on the same level as birther claims.

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  5. Matt says:

    @John Peabody: Not true. Alex the African Grey and many others have already proven that thought wrong. They can identify people and objects by their names. They can also identify shapes colors and more.

    One of my friends has two African greys and they use their voice to communicate their wants and needs. THey also do go off on random tangents sometimes though.

    THe bird in question was a parakeet and they don’t tend to be as smart as the big parrots.

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  6. grumpy realist says:

    Oh, but now the defense attorney can move to remove the parakeet’s utterances because they were hearsay….

    Doug, don’t you remember that old chestnut from your class in Evidence?

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  7. RockThisTown says:

    @ernieyeball: OK, you zinged me with potty humor. So hilarious. Has Comedy Central called yet?

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  8. rudderpedals says:

    @grumpy realist: Excited squawkerance? Present birdlike-sensory perception?

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  9. Mangh says:

    One question. I just have to wonder what happened to the parrot after the gentleman got out of jail!

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  10. John Peabody says:

    @Matt Okay, then. I didn’t know. I’m still grumpy about the story- it was out at least a week earlier, said click-bait for OTB.

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  11. Matt says:

    @John Peabody: yeah click-bait for sure 😛

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