Cowboy rope skills aren’t usually a go-to police tactical maneuver officers use when trying to apprehend suspects.
But when a report came into Arkansas police last week about a miniature donkey escaping its owner’s yard, it spurred a high-speed chase that required both moves to be used by officers and animal control to wrangle the the jack-assailant.
Police dash cam video captured the final moments of the March 25 pursuit, which showed police corralling the braying beast in Erick Eby’s front yard.
“I heard a siren go off right in front of the house. I stood up and looked out the window, and there was a cop car blocking my driveway with its lights on,” Eby told 5 News in Fayetteville, Ark.
“As I am looking out the window processing all of this, a white flash runs past my front window,” said Eby. “Then there was an animal control guy running with a rope.”
“He was really hoofing it,” Ebby said, describing the donkey’s determination to avoid being caught.
The video recorded Officer Kristen Mercado yelling, “stop, donkey, stop!” Mercado’s pleading failed to slow the animal.
Animal control was able to corner and lasso the donkey, bringing an end to the pursuit.
“We all laughed about how they were going to put it in the back of the [Crown Victoria], or what they were going to do with it,” joked Eby.
Police used a makeshift trailer provided by a local rancher to take the donkey into custody and return it to its owner.
Eby summed up the donkey dash by saying, “Only in Arkansas.”
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