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ISP: Passersby save runaway horse on I-80

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Geraldo and Trooper Eric Rot


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.




Posted 4/24/2013