Sergeant helps capture runaway horse on Chisago Co. freeway

Runaway horse rescued

HARRIS, Minn. -- It's not every day you see a horse on the freeway.

On Tuesday morning, the Chisago County Sheriff's Office responded to call that a horse was traveling on the southbound lane of I-35, north of County Road 10 in Harris. According to Patrol Sgt. Scott Berg, the horse had caused a three-vehicle accident. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

When deputies arrived, they attempted to secure the horse.

"It was obviously scared. The horse did run away from us several times. Ultimately, we had to get the horse off of the freeway," Sgt. Berg said.

Sgt. Berg owns four horses and always carries in his squad car a rope halter and a coffee can full of grain for incidents like this one. Sgt. Berg, a couple of deputies, along with some good Samaritans, were able to coax the horse up the Harris ramp and out of harms way. Dash cam video shows them trying to capture the horse. They eventually corralled the horse into a fenced-in area at Boulder Creek Stone Products. The entire process took about two and a half hours.

"I'm forever indebted to everyone who helped get her home because it was a very dangerous situation for everybody," said Emily Haefemeyer, owner of the horse named Freyja.

Haefemeyer said she believes Freyja escaped because of a broken wire that had helped fence her in. She said the escape could have happened some time overnight or early morning.

"I hurriedly went inside and made a post on Facebook in a desperate attempt to find her and a lot of people had responded with a missing horse photo that they had found," she said.

Haefemeyer estimates Freyja traveled about six miles away from their home in North Branch.

"When I bought her, you couldn't touch her. You couldn't get near her. So she and I have developed a relationship together but I'm the only one who has worked with her so I was really worried," she said.

When Haefemeyer contacted the rescuers, she realized she did not have a way to immediately transfer her horse. Her husband was at work and their trailer had a flat tire. Sgt. Berg grabbed his own horse trailer and brought Freyja back home.

"If it was my horse, I would hope somebody would take the extra step to get it to where it belongs--home," he said.

Haefemeyer added, "I think she had enough excitement for one day."


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