A Vietnamese pot-bellied pig led police and public works crews on a milelong chase through downtown Annapolis yesterday that ended when a police cadet snared it with a crabbing net when it took a break under some bushes.
Residents on Silopanna Road first saw the 10-pound, pink and black pig about 2: 30 p.m. Sunday, but officers sent out to find it had no luck. Then about 8: 30 a.m. yesterday, someone called in another pig-spotting on West Street, and Annapolis Officer Tracy Watts went out to investigate.
"I was like, 'Really? Really a pig?" Watts said.
Along West Street, people pointed out the pig's route -- behind the Ram's Head Tavern in the first block of West St., then across Franklin Street, where Watts thought she had it cornered, but the pig slipped past her.
Watts had another chance at the 18-inch-long pig in the Gotts Court Garage, but it ducked just under her reach and ran off, squealing and snorting.
"He would stand and wait for you to move to the right or left and he'd do this little shoulder move, and he'd just run for it," she said. "He was very, very fast."
Finally, the pig ran to a courtyard on the side of the state treasury building and lay down in some bushes.
Police Cadet Christopher Kintop borrowed a crabbing net from a public works employee and scooped up the pig.
County animal control workers picked it up after Watts and Kintop posed for photographs with the pig.
Pub Date: 7/29/97