Tuscaloosa County sheriff's deputies got into a chase involving two men in a car carrying dozens of roosters on Monday. Deputies say the birds were stolen.
When deputies approached the car, feathers started flying as the suspects allegedly tried to get rid of the evidence.
Santos Dardar and Brandon Lebouef were eventually arrested. They face charges including theft, attempting to elude police and resisting arrest.
The pair is from Louisiana where cock fighting is legal. The stolen roosters are from Alabama where raising roosters is legal, but fighting them is not.
The chase started at McFarland Blvd. near Interstate 20/59 around 1 a.m. Monday morning and ended in a Tuscaloosa neighborhood not far from the county jail.
The suspects allegedly ran a red light. When they wouldn't stop for deputies, a chase started. More than 50 birds were inside their car.
Deputies accuse the suspects of throwing some of them out the window before stopping the car and running from authorities on foot.
"So you can imagine the look on the deputy's face in seeing live animals being thrown from the vehicle," Lt. Andy Norris with the sheriff's department said.
"I'm not sure what they were trying to accomplish by doing this. Obviously, there were 50 something roosters in that vehicle so I guess they were trying to get rid of the evidence," Norris added.
The stolen roosters were turned over to animal control on Monday and have since been returned to their owner.
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