Caddo deputy has run-in with roaming goats

Deputy Chris Wray (left) discusses the accident with onlookers.
Deputy Chris Wray (left) discusses the accident with onlookers.

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Caddo Parish sheriff's deputy on his way to investigate a traffic accident became involved in one himself Friday morning.  He ran into a group of goats that had wandered onto the highway.

Deputy Chris Wray told KSLA News 12 that he was headed to the site of the first wreck at Highway 71 and Sentell Road at the time.  He said as soon as he came to the top of a hill on Highway 169, east of Mooringsport, he found himself facing the herd of 20 to 30 goats.

"I didn't even have time to think," he said.  "I just was trying to make sure I didn't go off the side of the road 'cause I was on a bridge."

Wray's patrol car hit at least three of the animals, killing them.  His only injury was a friction burn from the car's airbag.

"We answer a few of these (types of calls)," said Wray.  "I always had to come help the other people...but I've never actually been involved in one."

Even with his injury, Wray said he planned to go back to work--but in a different car.  His patrol car had extensive damage to the front end and was towed away.

A state highway crew later came and removed the goat carcasses.