Deputies searching an impounded car found six live gopher tortoises in the trunk, officials said.

Carl Franklin King, 43, of Tarpon Springs, faced several outstanding warrants for his arrest when Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies stopped his car Saturday night in Palm Harbor, police said.

Deputies found the tortoises after they impounded King's car and searched the trunk, police said.

King reportedly told the deputies that he wanted to cook the tortoises in a soup, police said.