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Sen. Randy Price, wife arrested for loose cattle

Arrest warrants were issued after a neighbor filed complaints.

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Monday was an utterly forgettable day for state Sen. Randy Price and his wife, Oline, the Lee County Revenue Commissioner. 

The Prices turned themselves into Opelika Police on Monday in response to the issuance of three warrants each against the them for the most Alabamiest of Alabama reasons – allowing their cattle to “run at large.” (Although, in the case of cattle, it was most likely a slow, swaying lope at best.)

According to a release from the Opelika PD, the Prices were accused of the bovine malfeasance by a neighbor and the charges were presented to a magistrate court that issued the warrants. The ordinance the Prices are accused of violating is, according to the Opelika PD, a city ordinance meant to deter local farmers from repeatedly allowing livestock to break out of containment. Typically, law enforcement wouldn’t push the issue to an arrest unless there had been previous violations.  

In a statement issued to media later Monday, Randy Price said one of his cows “got off our property” and ended up on a neighbor’s property. That neighbor filed a complaint and the matter was herded through the legal system. 

“Oline and I have been raising cattle and goats for over forty years,” the statement read. “We’re proud to have raised our two sons on the same farm that’s been in our family for over 100 years, and if there’s one thing we can tell you as a parent and farmer, it’s that you can’t always control your animals, or your children.

The Prices were released without bond and no court date has been set yet.

Josh Moon is an investigative reporter and featured columnist at the Alabama Political Reporter with years of political reporting experience in Alabama. You can email him at jmoon@alreporter.com or follow him on Twitter.

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