Texas City officer wrestles calf to ground after chase

Corporal Randall Johnston with the calf after he wrestled the cow to the ground after a chase Wednesday afternoon in Texas City. 

TEXAS CITY — A wayward calf led Texas City police officers on an unusual pursuit Wednesday afternoon. It ended with an officer having to wrestle the calf to the ground.

Texas City Police Officer David Fairchild responded to a call from a motorist who said a calf was running along the roadway on the Emmett F. Lowry Expressway on the west side of Texas City.

The brown calf was found running west in the eastbound lanes of the expressway. Fairchild, who was on the other side of the roadway, had to call for backup. 

Several Texas City patrol cars and a Galveston County Sheriff's Office deputy converged on the area around the expressway and state Highway 3. 

The calf darted out in traffic a few times, but luckily wasn't hit by a car. After about a two-mile chase, the calf high-tailed it toward Mainland Medical Center.

Police thought they had him cornered near the emergency room of the hospital, but the calf proved elusive.

Eventually the calf was cornered behind a medical clinic. That is where Corporal Randall Johnston, Senior Patrolman Sal Chapa and Corporal Allen Bjerke were able to lasso him with some rope.

Still, the calf tried to get away. That's when Johnston did his best rodeo cowboy impression and wrestled the calf to the ground.

Once they had him under control, Chapa reported "One 95" which in police lingo means one person — or in this case a calf — in custody.

Luckily the calf, which was a bit tired, wasn't hurt. Nor were the officers or motorists.

Although, Johnston broke his mobile phone during the takedown of the calf. 

The calf was turned over to county animal services. It did not have a tag on its ear, but was believed to belong to a herd that is in a pasture near state Highway 3 and E.F. Lowry Expressway. 

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