No Bull: Runaway Steer Leads Police and Cowboys on Chase


Runaway Steer Leads Cowboys and Police on a Chase Through Weatherford, Texas

According to The Weatherford Democrat, A steer that was being delivered to be butchered escaped from the butcher and led law enforcement and animal control officers on a pursuit Thursday.

The animal was given a stay of execution and taken back to a ranch in De Leon, Texas, according to Hamilton Meats.

“Once you’ve chased an animal for two-and-a-half miles, throw ropes over it,  [and] run police cars into it, it’s not very good to eat,” said a Hamilton Meats employee via phone.

Seemingly destined to become steaks and hamburger patties, the runaway steer jumped out of a trailer and escaped, according to the meat company. Weatherford police had been notified at approximately 11 a.m. of the animal running near the BBVA Compass Bank on Santa Fe Drive.

The steer chase lasted about an hour and a half through parts of Weatherford.

Police reported that the beast managed to damage a patrol car during the whole ordeal.

Hamilton Meats enlisted the aid of cowboys Blake Davies and Justin Farber to assist in wrangling the runaway steer.

“He was in the brush over by the school [Austin Elementary] when we got there,” Davies said.

“But when we got into the open, I didn’t really mean for it to be South Main Street, but that’s where he went. I finally caught up to him going up that hill,” stated Davies.


Davies said his primary goal was to capture the steer before it caused an accident.

“It was a little dangerous,” Davies said. “I was just trying to make sure everybody was going to be all right.”

“I just did what I had to do,” Davies said. “I just ran up there and thanked God everybody stopped and seen me coming. I come blowing out that intersection right there towards Walmart … I was going fast and so was that cow.”


“I’m just tickled to death that the good Lord spared everybody.” … “There wasn’t any car wrecks. The horse didn’t get hurt. The guy roping him didn’t get hurt.”  Sheri Gray, a witness to the spectacle on South Main, said.

Davies said he has roped cattle on the side of the highway but never in the middle of town.

“I’ve never dodged cars and stuff like that.” … “It was one of the wilder things I’ve ever had to do,” Davies said.


Property Damage

This whole ordeal may seem like a funny story, but it could have escalated rather quickly. Luckily no one was harmed in this whole fiasco involving the bovine runaway, however, the potential for serious property damage was very high. In this situation with so many different factors, you could find yourself confused about who may be responsible for the damage to your property. Seeking the help of an experienced property damage law firm might provide you with the best solution on how to move forward with your claim. If you have any questions or concerns regarding property damage, contact us.