A 24-year-old Duluth man is facing charges that include striking a police animal after cops say that he slapped a police horse during the St. Patrick’s Day festival in Savannah, Georgia.

Sebastian Konrad Laski is accused of slapping the horse, Bella, on the rear shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday, as three officers on horseback were maintaining crowd control.

Police say that when officers tried to arrest Laski, he went limp and fell to the ground. Police say that he then stood up and ran, leaving his shirt behind as three mounted officers pursued him through the crowd.

Savannah-Chatham police spokesman Julian Miller said that Laski was apprehended by officers on foot.

Laski allegedly continued to resist arrest, causing abrasions to both himself and an officer. Both were treated by emergency medical services, police said.

Laski was charged with two counts of obstruction of a police officer and one count of striking a police horse, according to the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.

He was booked into Chatham County Jail and assigned a $3,500 bond. Jail records did not indicate if he had an attorney.

This was the second year in a row a St. Patrick’s Day partier has slapped a police horse in its hindquarters.

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