Four-legged fugitives take free rein on a California highway 

Commuters east of San Francisco were stunned to see a white horse and a brown mule running across Interstate 680.

Published: 28th March 2017 02:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th March 2017 02:33 PM   |  A+A-

In this image made from a video provided by @slimjanders a white horse and a brown mule run across Interstate 680 east of San Francisco on Monday. (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

WALNUT CREEK: 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.

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