A Louisiana police officer was carjacked in his police cruiser on Christmas Eve and the suspect will face no charges even though he was caught on video.
That’s because the suspect isn’t exactly subject to Louisiana law.
He’s an owl.
Around 1:45 a.m. Covington Police Officer Lance Benjamin was driving along with his window rolled down when the owl flew in and commandeered the vehicle, according to what Chief Tim Lentz wrote on the Department’s Facebook page.
Lentz said he received a text telling him of the accident but he thought the text was a joke and went back to sleep.
“Surely nothing as outrageous as an owl flying into a police car could happen,” he wrote. “I imagined the next text would be that Santa Clause was spotted on Collins Blvd.”
The chief said the owl “scratched and pecked” at Officer Benjamin which caused him to drive into a ditch and then run for cover from the winged attacker.
Eventually, when backup arrived, officers rolled down the cruiser window and the owl escaped into the night.
Benjamin is now keeping a stuffed owl in his car as a good luck charm.
As for his assailant Officer Benjamin told WVUE “I bet he got a hoot out of it.”
Watch the video below.
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