A run-away horse stopped traffic on Tuesday on I-80 in Lake County, the
Indiana State Police said.
According to police, at 4:35 p.m. the ISP received a report of a horse
running along eastbound I-80 from Colorado Street. Troopers converged on the
area and succeeded in finding the horse, which had fallen on the inner
shoulder just east of Central Ave., police said.
Already on the scene were two motorists, Colleen Flee of Chesterton and
David Beckham of Crown Point, who initially saw the horse fall, then stopped
their vehicles to render assistance, police said. “Flee laid down next to
the horse to keep it down and calm so it wouldn’t dart into traffic,” while
Beckham stood by with Flee to assist in controlling the animal.
On arriving at the scene, troopers stopped eastbound traffic so that one of
them could walk the horse over into the grassy area behind the barrier wall
on the outer shoulder so that it wouldn’t be spooked by traffic.
Meanwhile, officers from the Lake Station and Hobart police departments
succeeded in finding the horse’s owner, identified as Marcelino Chavez of
Hammond, who advised that his horse, Geraldo, had jumped the fence of the
area where he is kept, in the area of 25th Street and Colorado Street, then
fled to I-80.
Traffic was stopped one last time, to allow Chavez to load Geraldo into a
horse trailer, police said.
Geraldo--who appears in parades--sustained minor abrasions.
All lanes of traffic were opened at 6:14 p.m., police said.
“If it hadn’t been for the alertness and kindness of the many people who
stopped and helped with this situation, the outcome could have been much
worse for Geraldo,” police said.