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Chihuahua takes joyride, crashes car in Spokane, Wash.

Chihuahua takes joyride, crashes car in Spokane, Wash.
Chihuahua takes joyride, crashes car in Spokane, Wash.
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A driver in Spokane, Wash., had an unexpected accident in early January when her vehicle was struck by a car...being driven by a dog. On Thursday, Jan. 9, KING 5 News reported that a Chihuahua's joyride was short-lived, ending in a fender-bender - and some very strange news to share.

The driver of the other vehicle was stopped at a red light at Crestline and Empure in Spokane when another car struck hers. She couldn't see the driver at first - and then she began to question her sanity.

“When I looked up, there was no one in the car, just a little dog up on the steering wheel peeking over looking at me,” said Tabitha Ormaechea.

“I was shocked, I didn't know if I was crazy, or if this little dog had taken a joy ride,” she stated. “I didn't know what to think. Someone just ran into the store and asked if anyone has a gold car and I said, 'Yeah, me - why?',” said dog owner Jason Martinez.

Martinez had been in the store for only minutes, leaving his Chihuahua, Toby, in the vehicle.

“He must have knocked it out of gear and the car rolled out,” said Martinez.

Fortunately, no injuries were sustained and the damage caused was minimal. The Chihuahua has seen his last time behind the wheel, however.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), Chihuahuas are highly intelligent, graceful, alert dogs. Dogchannel lists Chihuahuas as the smallest dogs in the world, with Animal Planet noting that these dogs are generally bred to weigh less than 6 pounds (3 kilograms), but the Chihuahua also has the largest brain for his body size.

Chihuahuas are one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States, ranking among the top three in 34 states.

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