Thousands of pounds of frozen chicken left rotting on Montana highway

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WYE, Mt. -- You've heard the riddle, "Why did the chicken cross the road?"  It was more than just getting to the other side; more like crossing state lines.  Cops in Montana say thirty-five thousand pounds of frozen chicken from Idaho, left sitting on the side of the road has left a huge mess.

"Not only is it disgusting, but it's a huge waste of food and resources and this is a huge felony theft case right now," says Paige Pavalone of the Missoula County Sheriff's Department.

The Dixie River Freight company in Nampa, Idaho says one of their drivers stole the company's 18-wheeler about a month ago, and demanded money to complete the delivery.

Apparently, the deal didn't fly so the driver made a fowl play; and left the $80,000 worth of meat on the side of the highway in Missoula County, Montana.

Talk about highway robbery.

Shannon Therriault, Missoula County Environmental Health Supervisor, says "You want to get rid of that potential for there to be pests flying around, disease vectors, and the flies."

Somebody's got to get to the cleaning.  It will be up to the company to press charges against the driver, who is still on the loose.  Pretty sure for everyone involved in this mess, it just stinks.