Police stop horseplay on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road

The police call early Saturday morning was not a case of rounding up the usual suspects for Edgartown Police officers Stephanie Immelt, left, and Officer William Bishop. The two officers confirmed the report of loose horses on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road near Holly Bear Lane, as noted in the police log, when they came up against two equine roadblocks standing in the middle of the road.

Yann Meersseman of Oak Bluffs said he was driving toward Edgartown around 6:30 am delivering newspapers when he saw their police cruiser’s flashing lights.

“I thought it was an accident, and then I realized both officers were walking in the middle of road, pulling at horses,” Mr. Meersseman said. “When I stopped, they thought I had come to pick the horses up. I offered to help, but I didn’t have a rope.”

Neither did the police officers, he added, who managed to herd the horses to the side of the road, where he snapped the photo.

Edgartown animal control officer Barbara Prada, who was off-duty at the time, said in a phone call yesterday that assistant ACO Jenn Morgan also responded to the call and arrived moments after the police officers got the horses off the road.

It was back to the barn on North 13th Street for the wandering duo, whose owners were called and picked the horses up shortly after their thwarted escape, Ms. Prada said.