WOOSTER -- A horse took to the roads between Apple Creek and Wooster early Sunday morning, taking its buggy along but leaving the owner at home.
Ohio State Patrol Sgt. C.O. Smith was the one of a small group of law enforcement officers from the patrol, Wooster Police Department and Wayne County Sheriff's Office who were called at 7:07 a.m. to corral the animal, which had run 10 miles before being brought to a stop on U.S. 250 near Ohio 83 and The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute.
The horse was running the wrong way in the eastbound lane when Smith, seeing the reins hanging over the windshield of the buggy, ran alongside it, then jumped in and grabbed the reins, bringing the horse to a quick stop.
The horse was panting and collapsed on the scene, but Smith said was examined by a veterinarian, given some water and was in good health when it was returned to its owner.
The whole incident was caught on a dash-cam and will probably make a good story to tell one day, Smith said, but still could have had serious consequences for local motorists. "I'm just glad it turned out OK," he said. "That could have been a bigger incident with a 2,000-pound animal running in the wrong lane."
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