Runaway Goat Brings Motorway To A Standstill As Police Chase It For 90 Minutes
In these divided times, if there's one thing that unites us all then it's a mutual loathing of heavy traffic.
However, it would take a really dour fart of a human to not find it at least a bit funny that a rogue goat was the cause of delays in Lofthouse, North Yorkshire, last (Saturday) night.
The runaway goat ended up running riot on a section of the M62, forcing police to close the motorway - or shall we say GOATorway - in both directions, which of course, brought traffic to a standstill.
Not content with just a little foray onto the carriageway, the hairy little fella skilfully evaded capture for 90 minutes, weaving in and out of lanes, sprinting between cars and shimmying around the helpless humans in its path.
A tweet from Highways England said: "J29-28,#M62 #Lofthouse we have the c/way stopped both directions to allow our #TrafficOfficer and WYP to capture a #goat running on the motorway, also no access from the M1 southbound to M62 westbound."
Eventually though, officers captured the scamp, with footage showing a pretty weary cop grabbing the goat by the horns - seemingly wondering how goat capture had fallen under his job description.
Update #M62 #Goat - #Trafficofficers and @WYP_RPU have successfully captured the goat all traffic released.
- Highways England (@HighwaysYORKS) September 14, 2019
It's unclear how many people's Saturday evening plans were completely ruined by the roadrunner, but a few people took the opportunity to vent their disbelief as they sat on the gridlocked motorway.
Currently sat with the engine off on the M62 because a goat is on the motorway....
- Farah (@Fazzaship) September 14, 2019
Been sat on the m62 because of this bloody goat https://t.co/cWBme6BnjE
- Beth Moran (@bethbarry7) September 14, 2019
There is a goat on the embankment of #M62 near to junction 29. Our log 1629 refers and @HighwaysYORKS are aware. #drivesafe pic.twitter.com/RXej8rqrLv
- WYP Contact Management Centre (@WYP_Contact) September 13, 2019
Judging by video taken from a bridge above the motorway, it seems like most people accepted that the inconvenience was pretty funny - because it's quite nice when the ordinary routine of life is interrupted by an unexpected mass game of Catch The Goat.
Now the goat has been detained, it is unclear whether police will look to press charges. Don't be surprised though if the notorious escapee ends up on ram raiding charges in the future.
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