Man hauling lemur, exotic animals arrested on DUI charge in Florida, troopers say

Lemur nearly ran into I-4 traffic

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - A man who was hauling a trailer with a lemur, wallaby, tortoise, parrot and other animals was arrested on a DUI charge on Interstate 4 on Saturday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said that they began receiving reports of a pickup truck hauling a trailer driving erratically on State Road 417 near mile marker 45 at about 6:10 p.m. Three separate drivers also said the truck hit their vehicles without stopping, according to the report.

A trooper conducting routine traffic enforcement saw a truck that matched the description provided by witnesses on westbound I-4 near mile marker 98. The truck was driving erratically and was causing sparks and debris to fly on the roadway because the trailer was missing two right tires, which caused the rims to drag on the roadway, the report said.

A traffic stop was conducted and the trooper immediately noticed that the driver, 27-year-old Shane Taylor, was slurring his speech, had bloodshot eyes and appeared to be disoriented, according to FHP.

Troopers said there were several animals in the pickup truck and in the trailer including a ring-tailed lemur, an agile wallaby, a tortoise, a parrot, a goat and a sheep.

Because none of the animals were properly secured, the lemur got out and nearly ran onto I-4 before officers were able to corral it and the sheep was bleeding from several cuts, according to the report.

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Troopers said they arrested Taylor on suspicion of driving under the influence and took him to an area hospital to be medically cleared because he had been involved in three crashes. On the way to that hospital, Taylor urinated on himself and in the backseat of the patrol car, the report said.

The three motorists who said that Taylor hit their vehicles and fled positively identified Taylor's pickup truck as the vehicle that caused the crashes, troopers said.

Taylor was taken to the Seminole County Jail where troopers said he took two blood alcohol content tests, one of which resulted in a .102 reading and the second resulted in a .085 reading. He was charged with DUI, leaving the scene of a crash, driving without a license and reckless driving.

Seminole County Animal Services and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission took custody of the animals.

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