Horse seen running around wild in New York City

Police capture wild horse 
By: Debbie Gross 

(Scroll down for video) It was supposed to be a nice ride around New York City, New York.

A horse went out of control during the early afternoon rush hour on Thursday, after breaking free and running away, before crashing into a car that was parked near Columbus Circle.

Australian tourists Nathan and Kelly Thompson, were enjoying a walk in the popular area around 4:20 p.m. when the driver, Mehmet Dundar, tried to merge into the traffic, witnesses and police said.

The black and white horse, rightly named Oreo, was frightened by a passing truck near heavy traffic, which sent the horse into a frenzy, witnesses and officers said.

Six-year-old Oreo broke free from the carriage sending Dundar, 34, of Brooklyn, and the Thompsons, both 32, tumbling into the street.

The horse took off and galloped away, hitting a parked car on the road, before police officers of the Midtown North police station cornered the horse on Ninth Avenue between West 57 Street and West 58 Street.

"It was a little scary to see a horse running down Ninth Avenue," said witness Paul Gaelle.
Police officers took Oreo back to the stable on West 52nd Street near 12th Avenue.

Dundar was taken to Bellevue Hospital, with a possible broken leg. Nathan Thompson was cut on his heel and was found bleeding in the middle of the street, witnesses said.

The horse suffered minor scratches to the mouth, and was examined by a veterinarian on Thursday afternoon, said Joe Pentangelo, spokesman for the ASPCA.

The ASPCA has suspended the working horse, Pentangelo said, and will be examined again before deciding whether to let the horse go back to work.