All charges have been dropped against a South Carolina woman who caused a panic when she spooked two carriage horses while wearing a tyrannosaurs rex costume.
Nicole Wells, 26, who regularly wears the outfit in public, was initially facing misdemeanor charges for stepping in front of a carriage hauling 16 sightseers in May and growling — causing them to get spooked, the Post and Courier reported.
Carriage operator Van Sturgeon said Wells refused his orders to back away from the horses and continued to growl.
Eventually, the carriage jackknifed and some of the horses fell.
Sturgeon’s foot was broken when a wheel rolled over his right leg.
Wells turned herself in and was hit with a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct and wearing a mask or disguise on a public street — a city code violation.
Prosecutors originally wanted a jury trial but Wednesday decided to drop all charges.
“I have tremendous respect for the system … (but) we’re really disappointed with the decision not to proceed,” Tommy Doyle, general manager for Palmetto Carriage Works, said.
“Her being dressed up in the costume directly resulted in my driver losing five weeks of work.”
Wells lawyer Joseph Kaiser said “productive conversations” with the city prosecutor’s office led to the charges being dropped.
“Obviously, there’s been a lot of interest and a lot of strong opposition about this case,” Kaiser said. “And this case was the first step in clearing her name in the things she’s accused of.”