Disturbing moment ‘police car’ hits escaped cow sending it flying across road

Distressing footage has emerged showing a police car ramming into a rogue cow after it had charged at a member of the public and injured an officer.

The video, which shows a vehicle smashing into the animal, has gone viral after the loose cow was being chased by farmers and police for hours.

The runaway cow caused traffic chaos as it was chased through Woodley, Berkshire, by its owner last night (May 13).

In the disturbing footage, the cow can be seen walking in the middle of the road before moving onto the pavement, reports BerkshireLive.

Cars are driving past cautiously due to the proximity close to the road.

A van travels past the camera before the animal is out of view when a police vehicle drives into the frame.

It appears the white van slows to a halt as the animal moves closer to the road.

The police car doesn't seem to slow down until it is near the cow and at this point a horrifying smashing sound is picked up on the clip.

The video then reveals the cow is sent flying on the pavement before the "police" car comes to a stop just in front of it.

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Other drivers in the area then slow down and put on their hazard lights.

Viewers were horrified by the footage which has already been watched nearly 2,000 times.

One wrote: "We sat on the A329 for over two hours because of a cow. How horrible."

Another said their "heart dropped" when they saw the clip.

Residents who caught a glimpse of the cow earlier in the evening said it looked 'angry', as it made its way two miles to the A329 towards the M4.

Police shut the road to try to round it up and it's claimed a woman was knocked down by the animal and injured outside a Tesco Express.

Officers were still trying to catch the rogue cow at 10.30pm and was later captured near the George Pub on Loddon Bridge Road, where the footage was caught by a passer-by.

Thames Valley Police said they were forced to use the vehicle to stop the cow to prevent it from "charging towards other members of the public".

A spokesperson said: "Thames Valley Police officers were called yesterday at about 7.40pm following reports that a cow was loose on a road near to the A329M in Wokingham which was causing a significant danger to motorists.

"Officers attended the scene, closed the road and attempts were made over a period of time to contain the animal.

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"The cow then moved to a residential area of Woodley. Despite efforts of both the police and the farmer to whom the animal belonged, the cow could not be safely brought under control. The cow became increasing distressed and charged at a member of the public causing her minor injury, as well as causing injuries to a TVP officer and damage to vehicles .

"Officers subsequently used a police vehicle to stop the cow and prevent it from charging towards other members of the public. After all other options including tranquilisation were precluded, the cow was humanely euthanised at the scene by a private company.

"This decision whilst not taken lightly, was necessary to limit the suffering of the animal, to prevent further injury and to ensure the safety of the public. The injured Thames Valley Police officer has since been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home."

The force said they were aware of the distressing videos but reassured the public that the measures "were necessary to protect the public and were carried out in a way to minimise suffering to the animal".

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