Rodeo deputy lassos escaped equine

Flagler County Sheriff Don Fleming explained to Historic City News that patrol on his roadways can mean more than just traffic stops and getting bad guys – it can also include a few rodeo skills as part of the job.

Shortly before 7:00 a.m., deputies were dispatched to State Road 100 near CR-25 and CR-305 where a four-legged suspect with auburn hair and blue eyes was causing a traffic tie-up.

Deputy Steve Williams located a mini-horse walking around the neighborhood in the early dawn hours. At one point, the deputy provided a short escort to CR-25 in an effort to get her off the main highway.

The mini-horse appeared to stop and ask the deputy for directions. Deputy Williams was able to coax the horse to the rear of his patrol car where he slyly slipped a lasso around her neck.

The owner was located and shortly after 8:00 a.m, the horse was returned to her barn on CR-25.