FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 4, 2014
On Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 6:42 pm, a Bethlehem Police Mounted Officer and his horse, “George,” were struck by a motor vehicle in the area of High Street and North Street, in the City of Bethlehem, Northampton County.
The Mounted Officer, Officer Michael Leaser, sustained some injures to his right leg and back. Officer Leaser, after making sure his partner “George” was being taken care of, was transported to St. Lukes Hospital where he was treated and later released. Officer Leaser sustained bruises and soreness, and will be back on duty in a few days.
“George” was struck on his right hind side by the oncoming vehicle. “George” was transported to the Bethlehem Police Stable Facility where Mounted Officer Jason Holschwander began treating “George” until the on call Vet arrived. “George” was examined by the Vet. It is believed that there are no broken bones or major damage. There was some swelling and tenderness. “George” was given an anti-inflammatory and other medication to assist in the healing process. “George” will be restricted to his stall for several days to relax and take his medication. The Vet believes that “George” will be back on duty in a few days.
The operator of the pick up truck that struck “George” will be charged with Careless Driving, Stop Sign Violation and Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance.
We wish Officer Leaser and “George” a quick recovery.
As we all know, accidents do happen and sometimes there are injures. In this case, we are thankful that there were no serious injures to any anyone involved. As Chief, I would personally like to say Thank You to the Quakertown Veterinarian Clinic for their quick response to examine and treat “George,” City EMS, Moravian Police Officer Joseph Perno (Retired NYPD Mounted Officer), and Mounted Volunteers, who responded to assist us with treating “George.”
Thank You all again.
Mark A. DiLuzio
Chief of Police