Police stopped a driver for having two bald tyres – only to discover a sheep in the boot of his car.
The motorist later claimed he was taking the animal to McDonald’s for a takeaway.
North Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Group posted a picture of the offending Peugeot 206 on Twitter, complete with the unusual passenger.
A spokeswoman for the force said: “He told the officer that ‘some people take their dogs in their cars, I take my sheep.’
“He just wanted to go for a drive-through at McDonalds.”
It is believed the driver was stopped shortly after a visit to Leeming Bar services on Wednesday night.