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Runaway cow creates roads chaos

Published 21/09/2011 | 02:01

A stray steer that escaped from a cattle trailer caused chaos in Arizona
A stray steer that escaped from a cattle trailer caused chaos in Arizona

A runaway steer has stopped traffic on a major highway, hurtled over a brick wall and damaged two police vehicles during a chase that had four Arizona law enforcement agencies scrambling.

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The male bovine escaped from a livestock trailer on Tuesday morning on Interstate 8 just east of Yuma in south-east Arizona, Yuma County sheriff's Captain Eben Bratcher said.

"It was chaotic," Mr Bratcher said. "It was running around in traffic on the interstate, which is why law enforcement got involved as quickly as it did. There was a lot of us out there chasing this thing around."

He said the steer bounded over one police car and later barrelled over a brick wall, knocking some bricks down. A sheriff's deputy eventually was able to rope the steer from the bed of a pickup truck about a half-hour after the escape as another deputy drove alongside it.

The driver of the trailer, which had five other steer inside, was getting on the freeway when he noticed that a side door was ajar. He pulled over but one of his charges got away before he could shut the door.

"It kicked the crap out of the truck and dented it up," Mr Bratcher said.

He said the nimble steer was uninjured and was returned to its owner, a Yuma man who continued on his trip to take the steer to a feed lot.

Bratcher said the animal was a roping steer, the type often featured at rodeos. At first he thought it was a Texas longhorn.

"It's ornery," he said. "They're not known for their docile nature."

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