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Motoring Mutt Takes Off in Tractor, Snarling Highway Traffic

Police made an interesting "collar" after they were called out onto a busy highway “due to a dog taking control of a tractor” early Wednesday in Scotland.

Traffic Scotland said the motoring mutt caused long traffic delays as he merrily made his way down the road near Abingdon, a small town south of the country’s capital Edinburgh, before crashing into a median.

Reporting the delays on their Twitter feed, transport body Traffic Scotland said it was “not joking” about their cause, adding that a farmer and police were at the scene.

Shortly afterwards Traffic Scotland wrote: “Route is clear from earlier incident and dog is fine. Has to be the weirdest thing we have ever reported! No delays in area."

Police said the incident was under investigation.

The canine culprit was named Don, according to Scottish Television (STV).

Farmer Tom Hamilton told the station that his four-and-a-half year old sheepdog had jumped on the mini tractor while he was busy tending to a lamb in a field next to the highway at 8:15 a.m. local time (3:15 a.m. ET).

"I had not put the brake on the tractor and when I turned round I got a fright as the vehicle was careering down the hill, through a gate and onto the road," he said. "Don was fine and did not bark during the incident."

The tweets caused a storm on social media with plenty of dog related puns in response.

“Ruff morning then,” said Bob Murphy, while Tony T wrote: “Police investigating, so far no leads.”

Others called it “a shaggy dog story.”

— Henry Austin