WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) " That mustang in the rearview mirror turned out to be 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 a mile away.
The pair adhered to the vehicle code and used an on-ramp to get on the highway.
Authorities shut down lanes shortly before 7:30 a.m. 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.
This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings