The driver was on his own 'wild goose chase' when he allegedly aimed his SUV at the Canada goose

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SOLON -- It's a well-known fact that Canada geese are protected in the state of Ohio and you cannot harm them, disturb their nest or tamper with their eggs.

That apparently didn't deter a Beachwood driver from his wild goose chase.

Just before 1 p.m. Saturday, a person called and said that a man driving a black SUV intentionally hit a Canada goose at 6050 Cochran Road and that it was still alive.

An officer went to the area and spoke with the person, 45, who pointed out the goose which had since died.

While the person was speaking with the officer the black SUV was seen traveling northbound on Cochran Road. The officer pulled the vehicle over and made contact with the driver, Michael B. Klein, 49, of Beachwood.

The officer stated that, while speaking with Klein that afternoon, he appeared dazed and highly intoxicated.

Police say Klein's eyes were red and bloodshot and he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on or about his person.

Klein failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for OVI and full time and attention. He refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test and was held on bond.

He posted a $500 bond Monday and was in Bedford Municipal Court at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday before Magistrate Nicholas Papa. He has a pretrial scheduled for 8:45 a.m. May 19.. He was represented by attorney Mark Gardner.

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