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Troopers Nab Midnight Interloper On I-84/Route 8 After Pursuit

Connecticut State Police rescued this dog on Interstate 84 early Wednesday morning near Waterbury.
Connecticut State Police rescued this dog on Interstate 84 early Wednesday morning near Waterbury. Photo Credit: Facebook/Connecticut State Police

Traffic on Interstate 84 came to a grinding half early Tuesday morning when a wayward dog found his way onto the middle of the highway in the Waterbury area, according to Connecticut State Police.

A trooper from Troop A in Southbury was patrolling Route 8 northbound near Exit 35 around midnight when he saw the dog crossing the median. The trooper tried to rescue the dog, but it ran down the highway and headed for I-84. Other troopers were soon called to the scene, and a foot chase ensued.

The animal ran down Route 8 toward the interstate and stopped in the upper deck eastbound lanes of I-84. Two tractor-trailer trucks and troopers stopped traffic, and troopers were eventually able to corral the wayward pup. The dog was eventually turned over to its owners, state police said.

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