North Carolina authorities were conducting a routine traffic stop on Tuesday when a suspect fled the scene in his car and then on foot. USA Today reports.
The suspect, Joshua Minton, abandoned his vehicle in Watauga County and ran into an undeveloped area, authorities said.
‘Due to the suspect’s fast and reckless driving our officers were not close enough to see exactly where the suspect ran,’ Boone police said in a news release.
Officers began searching the area for the man and received some unexpected assistance from cows willing to reveal the suspect’s whereabouts.
‘Apparently cows do not want suspected criminals loitering in their pasture,’ Boone police said in a Facebook post.
‘The cows communicated with the officers as best they could and finally just had the officers follow them to the suspect’s location.
‘Authorities arrested Minton on multiple charges including felony flee/eluding arrest with a motor vehicle, driving with a revoked license and disorderly conduct.
The police department made light of the incident on its Facebook page saying they never considered exploring how cows could help them fight crime until last week.