Reindeer falls off truck, captured in Norton, Ohio

Dec. 21, 2011 at 3:31 PM

NORTON, Ohio, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Police in Ohio said an officer captured a reindeer that fell from a livestock truck and took a stroll down the middle of a state road.

Norton police said Officer Kevin Starling was driving down State Route 21 Sunday and encountered really slow traffic, WJW-TV, Cleveland, reported Wednesday.

"Every lane was just at a crawl. So, sure enough I got along on the left side and weaved my way through traffic. And sure enough, there was a reindeer walking down walking dead center in the middle of the roadway," Starling said.

Sterling said he hopped out of his car and captured the animal.

"There was nothing fancy about it. I just ran around, and grabbed onto the bridle. And that was the capture," he said.

Police determined the reindeer, which suffered road rash and a broken antler, had fallen from a livestock truck traveling from a farm in Massilon to a party in Beachwood. The animal was returned to its owner.

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