Tallahassee Llama on the Loose Back in 2013

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
February 27, 2015

TALLAHASSE, Fla. -- In honor of the llamas on the loose in Arizona yesterday that captivated the nation, WCTV remembers back to the summer of 2013 when Tallahassee had some 'llama drama' of its own.

'Scooter' the llama jumped a 4-foot fence and was running through traffic on Bannerman Road when police were called to the scene.

Lt. Tony Drzweicki ultimately tased Scooter after the llama trampled him and spit in his face.

Lt. Drzweicki watched Thursday's llama chase with a grin on his face. He and folks across the country watched aerial video as the llamas on the loose in Arizona yesterday were lassoed. Neither they- nor the Tallahassee llama on the loose- was hurt.

By: Elizabeth Nickerson
June 1, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - "A llama? Really?" "That is insane." This was just some of the reaction from local residents.

You heard right, a llama was running rampant around Tallahassee Saturday morning.

"Last night, about eleven o'clock we started getting calls about a llama running through Killearn Lakes and on Bannerman Road," said Tony Drzewiecki from the Leon County Sheriff's Office. "There were some sightings, but we were never able to get our hands on it."

It was a face-off between man and beast. Deputies, trying to get the llama in a trailer. The llama got the best of the deputies at first, even spitting in their faces.

"I've been doing this 20 years and they said there is going to be a lot of excitement in this job, but no one ever told me I would get spit in the face by a llama and trampled by one," said Deputy Drzewiecki.

Traffic was backed up on Bannerman Road, while deputies finally cornered the six foot tall animal.

The deputies had to resort to using a taser to subdue the giant.

"I didn't believe it until I saw it and I was like 'Wow, where did that thing come from'," said Tallahassee resident Julie McDaniel.

The llama has been reunited with his owner. The owner faces no citations or fines for his loose pet.

By: Eyewitness News
June 1, 2013

Tallahassee, FL--Deputies have been chasing down a lose llama since 11:00 p.m. Friday night. According to the deputies, the llama got away from it's owner's home and has been roaming around town all night.

This morning, deputies cornered the 6 foot tall llama on Bannerman Road near Thomasville Rd.

The llama spit several times and trampled the deputies as they attempted to get it into a trailer. The deputies then had to tase the giant in order to subdue him.

Traffic is backed up on both lanes of Bannerman Rd however the road is now open.

Deputies say that it is legal for someone to own a llama as a pet in the state of Florida.

We will get you more information as it becomes available.


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