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Iguana go home and sleep it off

16 August 2010

Jornada doesn’t usually do drunk driving arrest reports, unless…

Mexico City police officers rescued a green iguana – an endangered species — from a van whose driver had been arrested for failing a breathalyzer test.

Next time, maybe he should take a cab

The Ministry of Public Security of the Federal District (SSPDF for its initials in Spanish) reported that the lizard was discovered at a checkpoint set up during the “Drive Without Alcohol” program at the intersection of Paseo de la Reforma and Eje 2 Norte, Colonia Morelos, in Cuauhtemoc Delegation.

The driver of the Ford Windstar van, whose breath had “an obvious ethyl alcohol odor”, registered 0.58 milligrams of alcohol per liter of blood, far exceeding the permitted limit of 0.40.  The driver was sent to El Torito [the Federal District drunk tank] to serve his mandatory detention.

When the officers were preparing to do the tow the truck, they found inside the green iguana, about 50 centimeters in length, the legal ownership of which, the driver could not prove.

Officers from the Animal Rescue Brigade dispatched to the scene determined the reptile was in good health, although stressed out from traveling in the van.

The SSPDF said that the iguana will be turned over to the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), and sent to its facilities located in the municipality of Los Reyes La Paz, in the state of Mexico.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 16 August 2010 12:19 pm

    They have road side breathalyzers in DF now?! That’s a significant advance!

  2. Frank permalink
    17 August 2010 6:38 am

    “When the officers were preparing to do the tow the truck, they found inside the green iguana, about 50 centimeters in length, the legal ownership of which, the driver could not prove.”

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    You are required to carry “papers” for your Iguana in Mexico? And people were bitching about Arizona’a carry your papers law.

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