Alabama police have charged a horse for resisting arrest after a pursuit that lasted for two hours, release mugshot of the animal.
Authorities also released body cam footage of officers attempting to capture the horse for two hours.
The Tuscaloosa Police received a report that the pony was roaming free in the Alberta neighborhood at around 10pm.
He showed reluctance to go with the police officers and not interested in the pizza crusts or peppermints they offered, the department revealed in a statement.
In the body cam footage, one officer was seen trying to hurl a rope over the pony’s head as it tried to get away. It was eventually captured and taken to a riding school, but it is unclear who owns it, police said.
‘Three officers engaged in a low-speed foot pursuit, following Ginuwine up and down driveways and through people’s back yards for nearly two hours,’ it said.
The pony, whose name is not known and whose owner has not been identified, has been temporarily named Ginuwine, police said.
He was taken to the Therapeutic Riding of Tuscaloosa, a riding school which will serve as a permanent home in the event his owners are never found.
After it was finally captured, police released a mock ‘mugshot’ of the pony and said it would be ‘charged’ with third-degree criminal trespassing and resisting arrest, listing its bond at $800 bond.
‘Honestly, we get calls about things all the time, I didn’t really believe it. When I drove over there I looked and realized there was actually is a pony in the yard running free,’ said one of the responding officers.
‘Never have I been called out to a horse before,’ said another, who was seen in the footage throwing the lasso.
‘Tuscaloosa’s famous Ginuwine Pony is currently being fostered with us,’ the school confirmed.
The school appears to be using the pony’s fame to generate some additional revenue.
‘Ginuwine will be available for visitors during our Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 1 from 2 to 4 PM,’ it announced on Facebook.
‘He’s still a little nervous so we ask that you look but don’t touch.
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