updated 4/27/2010 5:57:29 PM ET 2010-04-27T21:57:29

Police say an 18-year-old has a pretty good excuse for why he crashed his car into a utility pole in Winona: his dog puked on him.

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The Winona Daily News reported police found the car unattended last Thursday morning against an Xcel Energy pole. Witnesses told officers they saw a man leaving the area and walking a beagle.

The teen, who does not have insurance or a Minnesota driver's license, called police about four hours later to confess.

The man told police he was driving when his dog started "throwing up all over him."

Deputy Police Chief Tom Williams said the story checked out — police found vomit in the car.

The pole had only minor damage. The man was cited for driving without insurance or a license.

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