LAKE STATION | David Beckham was driving Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 65 to his daughter's track meet when he spotted a wandering horse on the road.
Beckham, 48, of Crown Point, followed the horse, which proceeded down the Interstate 80/94 ramp. The horse, named Geraldo, continued onto the eastbound lanes of I-80/94 about 4:35 p.m. and then darted into the median.
Beckham said it looked like Geraldo slipped and fell near the median.
"He looked panicked," Beckham said. "He just didn't know what to do."
Indiana State Police shut down the eastbound lanes near Central Avenue for about two hours while troopers and motorists helped walk Geraldo across the interstate into a grassy area.
Colleen Lee, of Chesterton, laid down with the horse on the road to calm him until troopers temporarily closed the lanes, police said. Beckham said Lee told him she owns a few horses.
Beckham, Lee and troopers walked Geraldo behind a barrier wall, where the horse seemed to calm down, Beckham said.
Lake Station and Hobart police tracked down Geraldo's owner, Marcelino Chavez, 62, of Hammond. Chavez told police Geraldo is kept on land on 25th Street and Colorado. Police said Geraldo jumped over the fence to get onto the road.
Geraldo, who is used in parades, had minor cuts and scratches.