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Horse trots down U.S. Hwy. 218 between Cedar Falls and Waterloo

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The Hwy. 218 horse is caught. (Michael Crowe, KWWL) The Hwy. 218 horse is caught. (Michael Crowe, KWWL)
The wayward U.S. Hwy. 218 horse is pulled over by an Iowa State Patrol trooper. (Photo courtesy KWWL viewer Chris, from Twitter) The wayward U.S. Hwy. 218 horse is pulled over by an Iowa State Patrol trooper. (Photo courtesy KWWL viewer Chris, from Twitter)
A horse trots down the righthand lane of U.S. Hwy. 218 southbound toward Waterloo. (Photo courtesy KWWL viewer Levi Hirsch.) A horse trots down the righthand lane of U.S. Hwy. 218 southbound toward Waterloo. (Photo courtesy KWWL viewer Levi Hirsch.)
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WATERLOO (KWWL) - UPDATE: A horse trotting along U.S. Hwy. 218 has been wrangled into custody.

It was caught on Greenhill Rd. near the 218 overpass. Just minutes before, State Trooper Macabe Schmidt was just wrapping up a traffic stop, and saw the animal.

“And once I turned around, I noticed there was a horse in front of a pile of cars,” he said.

Traffic was following the horse as it headed towards Waterloo. Schmidt said he got his patrol car in close, and tried to herd the animal towards the exit. He said he was worried someone would hit it.

“I was, because people freak out when they see stuff like that,” he said. “They gawk, they want to get in close.”

Viewer video submitted to KWWL shows Schmidt driving alongside the animal – but the animal wouldn't stop.

“I just stayed right beside it, and was talking to it and it seemed to calm it down,” Macabe said. “I just kept saying, ‘woah,' anything to calm it down.”

Finally, officers corralled the animal with their cars so they could lasso it. Then, they found the owner, Midge Hildreth, of Cedar Falls. 

“Something scared her," she explained. "She broke the fence and took off running."

Soon after, a trailer came and picked up the horse. Officers then reopened the road.


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A horse is on the loose -- and slowing up traffic -- on a major U.S. highway.

The large, brown horse was spotted trotting along in the righthand lane of U.S. Hwy. 218 just after 3 p.m. Thursday.

Twitter user Levi Hirsch tweeted KWWL a photo of the horse on the highway, with traffic seen alongside.

KWWL has a crew at the scene and will bring you more as it becomes available.
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