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Joshua Russell Minton
courtesy of Boone Police Dept.

Cows Assist Boone Police in Making Arrest

34-year-old Joshua Russell Minton of Millers Creek has been arrested by Boone Police on multiple charges including one count of felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. He was also charged with driving while license revoked and disorderly conduct.

On May 9, a suspect later identified as Minton fled from Boone Police during a traffic stop. The suspect led Boone Police and Watauga County Sheriff’s Deputies on a chase. Minton abandoned his vehicle in the area of U.S. Highway 421 and U.S. Highway 221 in Deep Gap and fled into an undeveloped area. Officers were not able to see exactly where the suspect ran. As Officers began to search the area, some cows led the Officers to the suspect’s hiding place.

Minton was taken into custody and given a $20,000 secured bond with a District Court date coming up on May 30 in Watauga County.

A press release issued by the Boone Police Department states, “In addition to thanking our officers and deputies for putting themselves in harm’s way; obviously, we want to express our gratitude to the cows for their assistance.”