A Charleston woman accused of dressing up as a dinosaur and spooking horses won’t face criminal charges, she found out in court on Wednesday.
A Palmetto Carriage Works driver was thrown from the carriage and broke his foot when the horses attempted to back up and the carriage jackknifed and hit a car in May 2017. The woman was charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, and wearing a mask or in public, a city law, but those charges were dropped on Wednesday.
“While the evidence was sufficient to support the initial charges, it was unlikely to meet the higher burden of proof at trial. As a result, prosecutors moved to dismiss the case,” city spokesman Jack O’Toole told Charleston City Paper, citing the city attorneys’ conclusion.
The carriage company is considering pursing legal action of their own, the Post and Courier reported. The 26-year-old West Ashley woman wearing a Tyrannosaurus rex costume allegedly growled at the horses and then refused to move after being told she was upsetting the horses, the carriage driver told the Charleston paper at the time. Palmetto Carriage Works alleged that the woman and her costume “directly resulted in my driver losing five weeks of work.”