Horse punched, 4 deputies injured after drunken fight breaks out at California county fair, sheriff’s office says

A sheriff’s horse and four police officers were injured when a drunken fight erupted Sunday night at a busy county fair in California, officials said.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department said on Facebook the brawl broke out around 10 p.m. near a beer both at the Stanislaus County Fair in Turlock, located about 15 miles south of Modesto.

A group of men who authorities said appeared to be intoxicated and who were wearing gang attire were told they needed to leave the fair, which reportedly sparked an altercation that drew a larger group.

As the brawl escalated, one man was knocked over by one of the sheriff’s horses.

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“This subject got back up and was upset his beer had spilled. He proceeded to punch Maximus, the horse, in the rear end,” the sheriff’s office said. “He was subsequently arrested.”

Maximus, a horse with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, was punched Sunday during a brawl at the Stanislaus County Fair, according to officials.

Maximus, a horse with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, was punched Sunday during a brawl at the Stanislaus County Fair, according to officials. (Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office)

A total of five people were arrested, including the man who punched Maximus, according to police. Four deputies sustained minor injuries in the brawl.

The sheriff’s department said Monday that Maximus was recovering by running around his pasture and chowing on some alfalfa.

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Officials posted a photo of the horse — sporting a Band-Aid and a teddy bear — taking it easy on Monday.

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“Maximus is still committed to serving justice and will not be dissuaded in his efforts,” police said.  “The Deputies are doing just fine also.”

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