Bangor police lasso escaped horse on Hammond Street

Posted April 30, 2014, at 8:58 a.m.
Last modified April 30, 2014, at 9:19 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — An unusual pursuit had multiple city police units responding to the area of Hammond Street early Wednesday morning.

But the suspect in this case was running on four legs instead of two, as a horse was on the loose around 1 a.m., according to Bangor police Lt. Paul Edwards.

Edwards said several units responded to the area when the call came in and attempted to get the horse into a safe area.

Several attempts to block or corrall the four-legged suspect failed, the lieutenant said, but police were eventually able to get the horse into the parking lot of Bangor Efficiency Apartments.

It was then that Officer Jose Vidaurri, who had some rope in the trunk of his cruiser, used the rope to make a lasso and placed it around the horse’s neck without incident, Edwards said.

The lieutenant said the horse came from the Hollywood Casino racetrack, but police aren’t sure who owns the animal.

Workers from the racetrack assisted police in getting the horse back to its stall, Edwards said.