Deputy 'detains' tortoise for blocking the road

The gopher tortoise was 'detained' by law enforcement for refusing to clear the road. A St. Johns County, Fla., sheriff's deputy spotted it during a routine patrol. (Source: St. Johns County Sheriff/CNN)

ST. JOHNS CO., Fla. (CNN) A tortoise on a stroll in Florida wound up getting into trouble with the law.

The gopher tortoise was "detained" by law enforcement for refusing to clear the road.

A St. Johns County sheriff's deputy spotted it during a routine patrol.

He says he had a "heartfelt conversation" with the tortoise "regarding this risky behavior."

After that, he decided to let the four-legged creature go on his own recognizance.

But not before they took a selfie.

Gopher tortoises are the only tortoises that live east of the Mississippi river and are protected by state law.

They can live as long as 60 years in the wild.

Copyright 2019 CNN. All rights reserved.