A FLEEING suspect who bailed from a car to escape police in Florida was caught by an unlikely herd of heroes: 16 cows.

Footage of the brave bovines was captured by the Seminole County sheriff’s helicopter, with the herd chasing suspect Jennifer Kaufman across their field.

Kaufman was one of two people inside a stolen car when it crashed in to the pasture where the cows were grazing.

The pilot of the helicopter advised the police waiting on the ground to look for the “large group of cows” chasing the suspect.

“It looks like they may attack her,” the pilot said, “They are literally following her, chasing her.”

The cows ultimately drove Kaufman in to a fence at the end of their pasture where police were waiting to make an arrest.

Local resident Richard Kondracki said he’s been living in the area for decades with cattle on this property, and it’s the first time he’s seen the bovines act aggressively.

“I think they didn’t realise who they were,” he said. “They panicked. The cows were nervous. That would make me panic — if all those big cows come running at you. They didn’t know them. They don’t know if they’re there to hurt them, or steal one of the babies.”

“You don’t want to mess with it — any animal, whether it’s a cow, an elephant or a cat. You don’t mess with the babies,” Kondracki said.

The second suspect, Jamie Young, was also captured by a police dog and arrested.

Kaufman and Young have been charged with resisting arrest, drug possession, trespassing and petit theft.