Officer Snaps Selfie With Turtle Detained for Holding Up Traffic

first_img A turtle on the move, also known as “Gopherus Genus,” was “detained” by an officer for crossing the road too slowly in Florida.Deputy L. Fontenot was on a routine patrol along Nocatee Parkway when he noticed the reptile temporarily halting traffic, Fox35 Orlando News reported. Fontenot then conducted a traffic stop on the “Florida Native” for impeding traffic flow in the area and decided to “let him go with a warning.” A St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post captured the cute moment, which showed Fontenot taking a photo with the shelly suspect. Turtle Underpass Saves Dozens of Lives Each YearVeterinarians Build Lego Wheelchair for Turtle Missing Both Back Legs Stay on targetcenter_img “Gopherus was cooperative during the remainder of my encounter with him, so I chose to use discretion and let him go with a warning,” Fontenot noted in the post. “In fact, our interaction was so positive, we posed for a selfie together!”The turtle was then safely released back into some nearby woods and traffic flow resumed in the vicinity.Reptiles are hanging out on busy Florida highways lately: On June 3, a massive 12-foot alligator was caught crossing a busy Florida interstate at night. The gator was unfortunately injured after it was hit by a semi-truck, however, trappers were able to come to the scene and safely remove it from the highway.More on Geek.com:Watch: Veterinarians Build Lego Wheelchair for Turtle Missing Both Back LegsRecord-Setting, 62-Pound Alligator Snapping Turtle Found in Mississippi Watch: Biologists Rescue Loggerhead Sea Turtle Entangled in Buoy Linelast_img read more