TEMPE, AZ - Traffic on a Valley freeway returned to normal Wednesday after a dog created a chaotic scene while being chased down by officers.
Air15 was over the scene on northbound Loop 101 north of Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway around 4:40 p.m. after receiving reports of a rollover accident.
While over the accident, Air15 captured footage of a dog that jumped out of the driver's vehicle and ran out onto the freeway.
Department of Public Safety officers quickly began following the small dog and were able to corner it near the freeway median.
DPS Officer Martin Bennett captured the pooch. “Our main concern is for the dog’s safety and for the safety of others on the highway,” said Bennett, who is 6 feet 10 inches tall.
“The jokes are already rolling in,” he said. “I’m sure this will be mentioned at my retirement party years from now. I was just happy to get the dog and get him to safety.”
He thinks the dog was a Yorkie. It reportedly tried to bite him when he picked it up.
Video from Air15 showed officers giving the dog back to a woman at the scene.
An overturned vehicle could be seen in the far left lane as the female driver was loaded onto an ambulance and transported from the scene.
The dog’s owner was taken to the hospital after the crash just for precaution.
It is unclear at this time what caused the vehicle to roll over.
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