Florida Highway Patrol: DUI stop on I-4 in Sanford includes a lemur & other exotic critters

YouTube download / AP video / (7 Dec 2018) A lemur surprised a Florida Highway Patrol trooper when it crawled from a trailer being pulled by a pickup truck that had been stopped for driving erratically and hitting other cars.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

SANFORD, Fla. --  A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was surprised when he saw a lemur crawl from a trailer being pulled by a pickup truck that had been stopped for driving erratically and hitting other cars.

Dashcam video of the stop on Interstate 4 in Sanford showed the lemur peeking out of the trailer before hopping to the ground and leaping around the trooper who was talking to the driver Friday night.

The driver, 27-year-old Shane Taylor, warned troopers that the lemur named Miko “bites, ” but Taylor was deemed the most dangerous on the interstate, arrested on a DUI charge, along with several other driving offenses. The lemur, along with other exotic animals including a tortoise, a goat, a parrot, and a wallaby, were turned over to state wildlife officials as Taylor was transported to jail. 

The driver, 27-year-old Shane Taylor, warned troopers that the lemur named Miko “bites, ” but Taylor was deemed the most dangerous on the interstate, arrested on a DUI charge, along with several other driving offenses. The lemur, along with other exotic animals including a tortoise, a goat, a parrot, and a wallaby, were turned over to state wildlife officials as Taylor was transported to jail. 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories narly eveenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in Wst Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.