WEIRD NEWS
01/26/2016 08:42 am ET

Why Did The Sheep Cross The Road? To Stop A Car Chase, Of Course

Hilarious, right?

Someone is in sheep trouble.

Police in New Zealand received an assist from a flock of sheep when the animals blocked a highway Friday morning, helping to end a 90-minute car chase.

Authorities described the four suspects as “agitated” after their getaway was brought to a halt by approximately 150 sheep slowly crossing a road, The Guardian reports.

The chase began east of Alexandra when police spotted a vehicle speeding and without proper license plates, according to the New Zealand Herald. Authorities pursued the suspects to the outside of Queenstown.

Baaaaaa'd news for these suspects.
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Baaaaaa'd news for these suspects.

It turns out that the sheep were not exactly civilian. The fluffy crime-stoppers belonged to a local police officer, according to reports.

“I started taking pictures right away but it was so hilarious, it was so funny, I couldn’t help laughing,” said Che Baker, a journalist on the scene, told The Guardian.

“The farmer herding them just kept doing his job as if nothing had happened and the sheep weren’t worried by the fuss at all – they carried on normally and weren’t aware they had become duty police that morning."

Three men and one woman were arrested, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. No sheep were injured in the incident.

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