PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - It was a scary situation for drivers and a dog when the pup got onto the freeway in central Phoenix on Thursday evening.
The dog was first spotted just after 4:30 p.m. on the northbound side of State Route 51. Drivers slowed down and moved out of the way to avoid the dog. The animal was seen on the shoulder and then started heading south. Some drivers got out of their cars to get the dog but the dog ran off.
A Department of Public Safety trooper stopped on the shoulder and tried to corral the dog as well. However, the pup remained elusive and darted across the five lanes of traffic and went to the other shoulder. The dog continued to go south but then went into a couple of lanes of traffic. One driver stopped in the middle of traffic to get the dog but that attempt failed.
The dog trotted on the right shoulder, going south still in the northbound side of SR 51. The canine went under the Missouri Road overpass and passed Camelback Road when a DPS trooper in an SUV slowed down traffic to get the dog. The furball then switched directions and headed north in the middle of the freeway. Most of the drivers were behind the DPS vehicle. Several times the trooper got out of the SUV to try and get the dog but the dog ran. Eventually, a motorcycle rider helped, and the two forced the dog onto the Colter Street on-ramp around 5 p.m. The dog kept going on against traffic and went onto 17th Place and then eventually into a neighborhood. No one was hurt.