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Troopers stop Phoenix freeway traffic to corral javelina during rush hour

(Twitter Photo/@ArizonaDOT)

PHOENIX – State troopers have been known to make some unusual stops on Phoenix-area freeways, but here’s a new one.

Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers had to hold up traffic during rush hour Monday to nab a law-breaking javelina on State Route 51, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The wild pig-like creature was allegedly riding northbound in the HOV lane without a passenger, or a vehicle, just north of McDowell Road at around 5 p.m.

Javelinas, also known as collared peccaries, usually stick to desert areas around the Valley and the state, living in large family groups. Adults weigh between 33 and 55 pounds, according to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum website.

ADOT’s Twitter account posted photos of troopers working to collar the peccary using a pole with a loop typically used to catch dogs.

A follow-up tweet said the animal was released into the wild.

There was no mention of whether it was wearing a seat belt or texting while driving.

Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the incident.

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