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[ISP] Runaway Horse Stops Traffic in Lake County
Start Date: 4/22/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/22/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description

Lake County-Drivers on I-80, especially during afternoon rush hour, are used to sharing the interstate with a lot of things, but a run-away horse isn’t one of them.

At approximately 4:35 p.m., the Indiana State Police received a report of a run-a-way horse running east bound I-80 from Colorado Street.

Troopers Khari Walton, Dan Avitia, Eric Rot and Jerry George converged on the area and found the horse lying down on the inner shoulder just east of Central Avenue. Colleen Flee of Chesterton and David Beckham of Crown Point saw the horse running on I-80 when it fell. Flee and Beckham stopped their vehicles and Flee laid down next to the horse to keep it down and calm so it wouldn’t dart out in traffic. Beckham stood by with Flee to help control the horse.

Trooper Rot, after he arrived, stopped eastbound traffic and walked the horse across east bound lanes over into the grassy area, behind the barrier wall on the outer shoulder so the horse wouldn’t be spooked by all the traffic on I-80.

Lake Station and Hobart Police Departments were instrumental in finding the owner of the horse.

Marcelino Chavez, 62 of Hammond, stated that his horse, which he called “Geraldo”, had jumped over the fence where Geraldo is kept at 25th and Colorado and fled up the interstate. Chavez stated that the horse is used in parades.

Traffic was shut down again for Chavez to load Geraldo up into his horse trailer.

Geraldo suffered minor abrasions.

Troopers stated if 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.

All lanes of traffic were re-opened at 6:14 p.m.

Contact Information:
Name: Sgt. Ann Wojas
Phone: 219-696-6242
Email: awojas@isp.in.gov
Trp. Rot and Trp. Walton with Geraldo the horse
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