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Four-legged fugitives take free rein on a California highway

In this image made from a video provided by @slimjanders a white horse and a brown mule run across Interstate 680 east of San Francisco on Monday, March 27, 2017. Steve Burdo with Contra Costa County Animal Services says the animals broke through a fence about a mile away. Authorities shut down lanes shortly before 7:30 a.m. as motorists shot cellphone video and officers rounded up the four-legged fugitives (@slimjanders via AP)

In this image made from a video provided by @slimjanders a white horse and a brown mule run across Interstate 680 east of San Francisco on Monday, March 27, 2017. Steve Burdo with Contra Costa County Animal Services says the animals broke through a fence about a mile away. Authorities shut down lanes shortly before 7:30 a.m. as motorists shot cellphone video and officers rounded up the four-legged fugitives (@slimjanders via AP)

That mustang in the rearview mirror turned out to be a real horse running on a Northern California highway — followed by a mule.

Commuters east of San Francisco on Monday were stunned to see a white horse and a brown mule running across Interstate 680.

Steve Burdo with Contra Costa County Animal Services says the animals broke through a fence about a mile away.

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The pair adhered to the vehicle code and used an on-ramp to enter the highway.

Authorities shut down lanes shortly before 7:30 a.m. as motorists shot cellphone video and officers rounded up the four-legged fugitives.

Burdo says the horse, a gelding named Striker, appears to have led the breakout. He says Hank the mule is more of a follower.