Runaway cow! Bovine bravado tests Finest in Morristown and Morris Township

Updated! With soundtrack!

 

 

When a Morristown police officer called his counterparts in Morris Township on Tuesday about a chase on South Street, there were some double-takes.

“Did he say cow?” Township Police Capt. Rich Ferrone asked a colleague.

(Strike up the Rawhide theme here.)

Yes, that’s exactly what the officer said.

CABLE GUY? More like the Cable Cow, seen here behind the 320 South apartments. Photo courtesy of Morristown police

CABLE GUY? More like the Cable Cow, seen here behind the 320 South apartments. Photo courtesy of Morristown police

In a maneuver that gives new meaning to “police roundup” and “hoofing the beat,”  officers from Morristown and Morris Township escorted a wandering cow down busy South Street.

Police thought they had the critter boxed in at the Seaton Hackney stables, but the fugitive gave them the slip.

The low-speed chase continued to Harding, where the hirsute heifer found its way back to a farm on Van Beuren Road, according to Capt. Ferrone.

“We wanted to make sure that nobody got hurt–the public, or the animal,” said Lt. Stuart Greer of the Morristown police.

The cow first was spotted (actually, we did not notice any spots in the video) behind an apartment complex at 320 South St. in Morristown.

Morristown Council President Rebecca Feldman was bicycling on South Street near Southgate Parkway around 2 pm when she noticed the police caravan.

“I thought the motorcade was a funeral procession,” the councilwoman recounted. “Then I saw they were motor-herding!”

Our thanks to the Morristown police for the video, and to the police and the council president for the photos.

Police herd cow down South Street near the Morristown/Morris Township border. Photo by Rebecca Feldman.

Police herd cow down South Street near the Morristown/Morris Township border. Photo by Rebecca Feldman.

POLICE ROUNDUP: Officers try to apprehend bovine fugitive in Morristown. Photo courtesy of Morristown police

POLICE ROUNDUP: Officers try to apprehend bovine fugitive in Morristown. Photo courtesy of Morristown police

GET THAT COW'S LICENSE NUMBER!  Police try to corral stray cow in Morristown. Photo courtesy of Morristown police.

GET THAT COW’S LICENSE NUMBER! Police try to corral stray cow in Morristown. Photo courtesy of Morristown police.

JAYWALKING? OR DRIVING IN WRONG LANE?  Either way, it looks like this cow has run afoul of the law. Photo courtesy of Morristown police

JAYWALKING? OR DRIVING IN WRONG LANE? Either way, it looks like this cow has run afoul of the law. Photo courtesy of Morristown police

Police from Morristown and Morris Township herded a lost cow safely home to its farm in Harding on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Morristown police.

Police from Morristown and Morris Township herded a lost cow safely home to its farm in Harding on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Morristown police.



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