A Lewiston, Minn., man told Winona police he lost control of his car and crashed it into a power line pole because his dog puked on him, police said.

Officers found the car unattended about 10:25 a.m. Thursday in the 1250 block of Lakeview Avenue, Deputy Police Chief Tom Williams said. The car apparently left the road and struck an Xcel Energy power line pole, though the pole remained standing.

Witnesses reported the driver was last seen leaving the area while walking a beagle, Williams said.

Michael Allen Butler, 18, called police about 2:25 p.m. Thursday and said he was the person driving the car. He admitted not having insurance or a Minnesota driver’s license, Williams said.

Butler told police he was driving on Lakeview Avenue when a dog in the car began “throwing up all over him,” causing him to lose control and crash. His story was corroborated when police found vomit in the car, Williams said.

The pole sustained only minor damage. Butler was cited for not having insurance or a Minnesota driver’s license.

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