A bit of horseplay for Lenox PD

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LENOX — Not your typical overnight shift for town police.

On duty in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday, officers Paul Duval and Tyler Bosworth received calls about a pair of horses charging down the Route 7/20 bypass south of East Dugway Road. As they discovered, alerts from startled motorists were genuine.

The horses had escaped from a nearby farm and decided to sprint along the highway around 4:30 a.m., Bosworth explained, fortunately well in advance of the school and work rush hours.

He and Duval gave chase, but learned that after the horses reached the Hubbard Street intersection less than a mile south, they crossed the grassy median strip, reversed course, bolted up the state highway, turned right on East Dugway and returned to their farm for breakfast, where the owners slept through the entire incident.

Jodi Bloom, whose parents own the farm and the nearby Luau Hale family business on Pittsfield Road, said she was relieved there were no injuries after the elderly horses, Speedy, 28, and Charlie, 25, broke their fence for a romp in the neighborhood.

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"I guess they were feeling their spring oats," she suggested. "They were interested in the grass on the other side."

She acknowledged that years ago, when she lived on the farm, the horses occasionally broke out for some exercise, but as they have aged, it has been a rare occurrence.

"The police were so great, helping to bring them back," said Bloom.

At the station house, officer Bosworth agreed it has been a busy season for animal escapades, recalling his encounter last month with a llama fleeing his farm on Plunkett Street for a tour of the Cranwell resort property, safely crossing Route 20 on a heavily traveled Sunday afternoon.

That unauthorized tour ended in a police escort for Lorenzo the Llama by Bosworth and officer Eric Kirby across the Route 7/20 bypass at Walker Street and toward downtown, ending with a capture by owner Catherine Touloukian outside the Lenox Community Center.

Clarence Fanto can be reached at cfanto@yahoo.com, on Twitter @BE_cfanto or at 413-637-2551.


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