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SMPD needs your help finding the owner of a runaway turtle

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Courtesy: Santa Maria Police Department Courtesy: Santa Maria Police Department
Courtesy: Santa Maria Police Department Courtesy: Santa Maria Police Department
The Santa Maria Police Department said they need your help finding the owner of a turtle.

They sent out a press release Monday, having a little fun with their description of what happened.

"Narrative: Officer Carrasco while driving his patrol vehicle in the 1100 block of E. Donovan, nearly collided with a turtle. According to Carrasco, the turtle was "Clearly jaywalking." Although turtles are typically slow moving creatures Officer Carrasco was overheard stating, "I have never witnessed a turtle run out in front of a vehicle quite like this before." Carrasco speculated that the turtle was possibly being chased by the Easter Bunny based on how fast today's events unfolded. Carrasco was able to safely stop his patrol vehicle but had to move quickly to prevent the turtle from barricading itself in some dense shrubbery. Carrasco stated, "It all happened so fast. When my Taser bounced off its shell I knew this was not your typical turtle." Carrasco said he was able to detain the turtle by communicating calmly with the turtle.

The Santa Maria Police Department is asking for your help in identifying the owner of the turtle. If anyone has information or would like an interview please contact Officer Carrasco at 928-3781 X277 or X297."
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