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 for a decade now. 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 dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.