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Man Arrested After Getaway Horse Finds a Finish Line

April 08, 2006|From the Associated Press

LIVINGSTON, Calif. — A man whose mother called police because he was acting strangely tried to make a galloping getaway on horseback but was captured after the steed gave out in the hourlong chase.

Todd Liddon Cowden, 35, of Merced remained jailed Friday in Merced County Jail in lieu of $49,100 bail.

Cowden was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of cruelty to an animal, resisting arrest and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. He had also been sought on four outstanding warrants for drug charges and driving under the influence.

Cowden's mother called deputies to report that her son was acting strangely, said Merced County sheriff's spokesman Scott Dover.

He ran when deputies arrived, Dover said. When he was spotted hours later, he jumped on a horse and tried to gallop away.

Six deputies gave chase in patrol cars for about three miles until the horse stopped running.

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