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Forum News Service, Published July 29 2013

Dead cow puts the crazy in Mitchell, S.D., Crazy Days

MITCHELL, S.D. - Crazy Days lived up to its name Saturday in downtown Mitchell, thanks to an animal carcass on the street.

According to Sgt. Michael Koster of the Mitchell Police Division, the craziness broke out around 1 p.m. when a dead longhorn steer or cow slid from the bed of a northbound pickup in the 300 block of North Main Street.

“A gentleman was transporting the carcass,” Koster said. “Apparently, he wanted to try and salvage the horns of the already deceased longhorn.”

Not having a way to hoist the dead beast back into the pickup bed – and apparently wanting to escape the gaze of bystanders on Main Street – the driver hooked the carcass by chain to the pickup and pulled it north and east onto the 200 block of East Fourth Avenue, Koster said.

The grisly scene was noticed by shoppers and shopkeepers who were busy with the Crazy Days event downtown, and somebody called the police. Koster said there were several onlookers at the scene when an officer arrived.

The driver, Brandon Mehlbrech, 26, of Mitchell, eventually arranged for a loader to lift the carcass back into his pickup. Koster said the pickup had no tailgate, and Mehlbrech was cited for driving with an unsecured load.

“That’s about all that we could have cited him for,” Koster said.