CHP Officer Joe Morrison figured the traffic jam ahead of him Thursday signaled a crash--until he saw the white pig waddling toward him.
Police and witnesses said the pig, weighing more than 300 pounds, had fallen off a truck and into traffic on the westbound Riverside Freeway near the Riverside County line.
It was the second time in two weeks that a pig had gotten loose on an Orange County freeway. Last week, a 400-pound sow escaped from a farm at Westminster High School and made it onto the San Diego Freeway nearby before she was rounded up.
Morrison, who had been on his way to work at 1:20 p.m. when he encountered the pig, happened to have a pole and harness used to snare stray dogs. But "it wasn't doing me much good, because the pig was dragging me down the freeway," he said. "The pig was taking me for a ride."