The Gopher Turtle walked down Nocatee Parkway north of St. Augustine when sheriff deputy to St. Johns County L. Fontenot spotted them during a routine patrol.
When the suspect was asked to vacate the street, he was identified as "Gopherus Genus", age unknown, continued his walk.
Fontenot quickly arrested the suspect. The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that the two had a "straightforward conversation about this risky behavior" and that the suspect was "released at his sole discretion".
"Gopherus was cooperative for the rest of my time with him, so I decided to discretion and release him with a warning," Fontenot said in the statement.
But not before the couple took a selfie.
Gopher tortoises prefer high and dry habitats in the same locations Typical of the residential development. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, this leads to an increased risk for the street mortality of gopher turtles.
According to the Conservation Commission, this type of reptile also spends up to 80% of its time in the caves. Perhaps the "Gopherus genus" stopped at the park only wanted to go home.