At 7:16 p.m. on May 28, the Shelby Township Police Department in Michigan made an unusual arrest.
“I don’t have the full story yet, but one of the guys on the road just sent me this,” the department noted on Facebook, posting a photo of a pig in the back of a cruiser. “….one in custody. Can’t wait to hear all about THIS caper. (Owner did call and apparently piggy has been returned home.)”
Local resident Debbie DeRiemaecker told 7 Action News that she was working in the yard when a pig ran toward her. The hog chased her until it apparently got distracted by a decorative lawn ornament. The sight of a shiny ball stopped it in its tracks.
DeRiemaecker called 911. Police arrived on the scene and rustled up their suspect. The swine was loaded into the cruiser, where it left quite a mess.
Police were just as surprised as this porker looks.
Along with some awesome photos of the encounter, the department also offered this Facebook video update from the scene.
“If you have been following our piggy story, you will get a kick out of this. Officer Treworgy just sent me this ‘post arrest’ video of the ‘perp”. You can hear Tree say something like “yup, that’s in my police car”….. Almost like he’s trying to convince himself that there is actually a pig in the back of his patrol car. Lol!”
The pig, named, Pig, was later returned to its owner, Brian Davis.
“I just want to say thanks to the Shelby Township police for getting the pig and not writing me a ticket for having poop in the car,” he told MyFoxDetroit.com.
Davis, however, volunteered to tidy up the mess.
“Serving a community of more than 75,000 residents, Shelby Township Police Department officers never know who is going to end up in their car,” the Charter Township of Shelby noted on Facebook.
Pig’s arrest is now spanning the globe and police in Shelby Township are taking their sudden fame in stride.
“Ok, since we are getting so much mileage out of this pig thing, would now be a terrible time to ask for some page likes? PLEASE…. I’m BACON YOU….to like our page!” the department wrote on Facebook.