OAKLAND — A goat has been chastised after Oakland police found the creature to blame for chasing a woman down a street.

“You never really know what you are going to encounter when responding to a call of a woman being chased down a street,” the Oakland Police Department posted on its Facebook page Sunday morning. “Will it be nothing, will you be getting into a physical altercation? Well this suspect was a little bit of both.”

Officer Jacob Earle responded to the call around 9 a.m. Sunday, according to a secretary at the department. It took some effort to coax the feisty goat into submission, officials said.

“(Earle) tried his freshly certified de-escalation skills, but to no avail,” the Facebook post continued. “Despite assaulting our officer a few times the suspect was ultimately restrained.”

The goat was returned to its owner by 9:15 a.m. and the woman it chased said she will not press charges.

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