ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida deputy's recent traffic stop was a little scalier and slower than expected.

A St. Johns County sheriff's deputy noticed something was "impeding traffic flow" along the Nocatee Parkway. The suspect: a gopher tortoise.

Deputy L. Fontenot took a selfie with the reptile, who he said "failed to clear the roadway when ordered to do so" and just kept walking along the parkway. The sheriff's office posted on Facebook that Fontenot had a "heartfelt conversation" with the tortoise regarding his "risky behavior."

The sheriff's office said the tortoise was "released on his own recognizance" in some nearby woods.

Fontenot said he let the tortoise go with a warning.

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