A RUNAWAY tortoise led to the arrest of a woman for violating the law on protected species.
A Guardia Civil patrol came across the creature wandering down a road near the Retamar entrance roundabout. Neighbours told officers it belonged to a local resident.
It turned out she also kept a second tortoise in her garden, but did not have documentation proving the origin or her legal ownership of either.
Both are Mora tortoises, classified as in danger of extinction.