Four-legged fugitives take free rein on a California highway

2017-03-27 20:54
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Walnut Creek - The mustang in the rear view mirror turned out not to be an iconic Ford, but a real horse running on a Northern California highway - followed by a mule. 

Commuters east of San Francisco on Monday were stunned to see a white horse and a brown mule running across Interstate 680.

Steve Burdo with Contra Costa County Animal Services says the animals broke through a fence about 1.6km away.

The pair adhered to the vehicle code and used an on-ramp to enter the highway.

Authorities shut down lanes shortly before 07:30 as motorists shot cellphone video and officers rounded up the four-legged fugitives.

Burdo says the horse, a gelding named Striker, appears to have led the breakout. He says Hank the mule is more of a follower.

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