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Escaped Cow Leads Police on Hour-Long Chase in the Middle of an Atlanta Highway

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Driving on the freeway has its dangers. There are the other drivers to contend with, debris in the roadway and the occasional … cow?

On Saturday morning in Atlanta, that’s what drivers encountered when what appears to be a steer somehow got loose on I-285.

A crash had been reported in the area, and it’s unclear if the loose livestock animal was a result or the cause — but there he was, dodging cars and would-be rescuers on the busy freeway at around 9:00 a.m.

Officers with the Dunwoody Police Department arrived to help, though it was a concerned citizen who was able to secure the large animal after it had been roaming free for about an hour.

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“Chasing people is a norm for officers,” the Dunwoody Police Department posted on Saturday. “However, chasing cows on the interstate … not so much. This morning, Dunwoody officers responded to a cow running on I-285 in Dunwoody.

“It was determined the cow fell out of a livestock trailer and was seen running down the interstate into Dunwoody.

“With the assistance of a citizen with a rope, Officers were able to safely capture the cow and get it back to it’s owner.”

The bovine was certainly an unexpected sight for commuters that morning, a fact driver Michael Gerbick confirmed.

“Traffic was moving a little,” he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Cars were slowly getting by.

“Then all the sudden this cow comes running around the corner with a gentleman chasing him. I was surprised when I saw it, but I guess it is Atlanta.”

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While the creature was safely contained, escorted out of traffic and eventually returned to its owner, its great escape has prompted many to vie for its freedom.

Many also pointed out that the poor beast looked to have gotten skinned up in the fall and would need some medical attention, but thankfully it does not appear to have been injured more gravely than that.

While the steer’s ultimate fate is unknown, thankfully he was contained before being hit or causing any further injuries or accidents on the road.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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English und ein bißchen Deutsch
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