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Cowboy on horseback brings traffic to near halt on Outerbridge Crossing

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NEW YORK — Traffic came to a near halt on a bridge connecting Staten Island and New Jersey as a man on horseback wearing a cowboy hat led another horse behind him cross the span.

It happened on the Outerbridge Crossing around 11:15 a.m. Monday.

A spokesman for the Port Authority police told the Staten Island Advance a police car escorted the man over the bridge as cars trailed behind.

Not something you see every day: A horseback rider brought traffic on the Outerbridge Crossing to a near standstill on June 27, 2016. (Photo: Ryan Joseph, @calvs88 via Twitter)

Not something you see every day: A horseback rider brought traffic on the Outerbridge Crossing to a near standstill on June 27, 2016. (Photo: Ryan Joseph, @calvs88 via Twitter)

A video sent to the Advance showed the rider sporting a brown vest and red kerchief galloping toward Staten Island. New Jersey-bound traffic slowed as motorists stopped to watch.

The rider held the reins of the second horse laden down with bags.

The paper reports it's believed the man is Doc Mishler, a cancer survivor who is raising money for childhood hunger. He was spotted last year riding in Atlanta on a busy highway.

In this most recent case, Mishler was given a summons for trespassing and impeding traffic.

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