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Goat seen on video leading New Jersey police on chase on busy highway

By Mason White 5:18 AM May 23, 2013
The goat being chased by New Jersey police 

By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) Commuters on a busy New Jersey highway were shocked to see that New Jersey police cars were not chasing a runaway criminal, instead they were seen chasing a runaway goat.

The goat is believed to have escaped from a slaughterhouse and tied up traffic in one of the busiest highways in northern New Jersey on Tuesday, leading police on a chase of nearly two hours.

The chocolate brown goat with curved horns eluded five police officers in Jersey City for more than 90 minutes to jump back and forth through a center divider along the Pulaski Skyway, disrupting traffic in the east and the westbound lanes, according to city spokesperson Stan Eason.

Traffic was snarled from 7:10 am to about 9:00 am along the causeway, which crosses the Passaic and Hackensack rivers between Newark and Jersey City. The chase delayed thousands of vehicles which travel everyday through the Holland Tunnel to New York.
Four vehicles, whose drivers were trying to avoid the goat, were involved in minor accidents, police said. There were no injuries.

“A caller said: There was a motor vehicle accident, and there is a goat running on the road,” Eason said, adding that Jersey City police were not alarmed.

The playful goat finally retired after 2 hours, Eason said, and officers were able to form a semicircle around it and secure it in a noose.

“It is amazing how the goat just didn’t want to quit. It somehow knew that it was headed to the slaughter and was determined to fight death at all costs. So far the goat got lucky,” Lauren Ellis, 24, of Jersey City, New Jersey told after being asked to comment on the runaway goat.

Authorities are still trying to determine where the goat came from. One of the ears of the goat is labeled with a U.S. Department of Agriculture label, indicating that the animal probably escaped from a truck bound for the slaughterhouse, Eason said. Till any company claims the animal, it will move to a wellness center for rural animals.

“If you can survive the Pulaski Skyway running for two hours and then end up in a slaughterhouse, it is a little sad,” Eason said.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view