Dashcam video shows bull knocking over deputy on highway

Published On: Jan 30 2013 10:34:37 AM HST   Updated On: Jan 09 2013 05:12:49 AM HST

A section of Interstate 75 looked like a rodeo Saturday as a loose bull knocked over an Alachua County deputy and chased a trooper onto the hood of a cruiser.

Dashcam video from a cruiser shows the bull running down Sgt. Richard LaLonde in the middle of the road.

"Some bruised ribs, a bruised elbow, and a bruised knee and nothing too serious," said LaLonde of his injuries in a phone interview with WESH 2.

LaLonde has been an Alachua County deputy for 16 years. He even grew up in a rural area, but his experience around loose livestock has been limited. 

Deputies were responding to a crash but didn't know that a livestock trailer involved in the crash was ripped open.

"I knew when he fell. When he looked around, he wasn't happy," said LaLonde.

Video from another dashcam shows Trooper Matt Simmons diving over the hood of his cruiser to avoid the bull.

Luckily for LaLonde, the bull didn't have horns.

"He actually hit me in my left hip. If he had horns, he would have hit me in the mid-area," said LaLonde.

Eventually, the bull ran off the interstate and deputies put it down with several gunshots.

LaLonde says it was so close to an exit with restaurants and people, and they couldn't risk the bull hurting anyone else.

"I can check rodeo clown off my bucket list," said LaLonde.


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