Linc and Helena Moore may have finally learned the answer to that age-old question: Why did the chicken cross the road? Because the chicken doesn´t know jaywalking is illegal.
Kern County Sheriff´s Deputy J. Nicholson does know, however. The deputy issued a ticket March 26 because one of the couple´s chickens allegedly impeded traffic in Johannesburg, a rural mining community near Ridgecrest, some 220 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
The Moores were in Superior Court on Friday to plead not guilty. A trial was scheduled for May 16.
Nicholson has declined to discuss the matter, but sheriff´s Sgt. Francis Moore said chickens on the roadway have been a problem in the community of 50 residents. Officials didn´t believe it could be resolved by simply issuing the couple a warning.
“Sometimes you have to let people talk to the judge,” Moore said.
The chicken´s owners say they believe they were cited because they were among several people who complained that sheriff´s deputies haven´t done enough to control off-road vehicle riders who create dust and noise in their neighborhood.
Sheriff´s officials say that isn´t so, adding they are doing what they can to keep off-roaders away from homes.
“The chicken thing has nothing to do with the motorcycle thing,” Moore said.