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Cow crashes lead to DUI arrest

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MOUNT VERNON—A cow in Mount Vernon was hit by two cars in two separate crashes early Thursday morning, which then caused a man to get arrested for drunken driving.

At 1:13 a.m., police were informed that the cow was hit on 254th Street, about six miles east of Mount Vernon, and was lying in the road. The driver reportedly left the scene without injuries after reporting the crash.

Before anyone was able to remove it from the westbound lane, Travis Schuldt, 38, of Mount Vernon, hit the cow while traveling west on 254th Street. Schuldt's Chevy pickup reportedly went into a ditch and through a fence before striking a tree. Schuldt was wearing a seat belt and sustained minor injuries.

Authorities said that Schuldt did not have a phone with him at the time of the crash and that he was unable to make contact with anyone near where the crash occurred.

A deputy called the other person listed as an owner of the vehicle Schuldt had allegedly been driving, and while the other owner was on the way to the scene of the crash, that person reportedly found Schuldt, who had started walking home. Schuldt was arrested for a first-offense DUI, and he allegedly had a PBT of 0.13 at the time of his arrest. He was transported to the Davison County Jail.