Bison owner says he tried to wave down woman arrested for DWI before crash

Sheriff: Woman arrested for DWI after hitting, killing buffalo in roadway
Published: Aug. 13, 2014 at 8:38 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 13, 2014 at 11:57 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, LA (WAFB) - A woman was arrested for DWI after she hit a buffalo that wandered into the roadway. Additionally, the passenger of her vehicle was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.

Prior to the crash, the owner called authorities about three buffalo that went missing. The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office and Louisiana State Police responded to the call.

The crash happened at roughly 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12. We're told Karen Frouge, 45, was driving in Livingston Parish around the town of Springfield when she came upon one of the missing bison in the road.

According to the Louisiana State Police, three buffalo roamed off their owner's land and made their way on Hwy 22 in Livingston Parish. People were trying to lead the animals back to the property when a woman and her car crashed in to one of the half ton buffalo at high speed. Charles Normand, is the owner of the animals was in the process off herding them back to his property, when everything went south.

“I tried to wave the woman down with the flash light,” said Normand. “I got out the road because I knew one of them was going to die. The bull charged the car and jumped in the air, turned his hooves, and put its head down in to the engine; It stopped the car dead.”

Officials say Frouge was charged by the Louisiana State Police for DWI. Her passenger, Sanford Ray III, was arrested by the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office for possession of methamphetamine.

The buffalo hit by Frouge did not survive. The two remaining buffalo were also located. They were unharmed but the owner decided to euthanize them. He explained that the animals have gotten loose several times, and he feared for the safety of the public.

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