I was not aware of the potential disease risk until after we had already done the deed. I'd never relocate any animal for sheeeets and grins but at the time I felt there was no choice. Given the circumstances I doubt that I'd be the only person who would have this...the other side of the road was literally a breakdown lane, concrete wall, and very long drop down to the lower level of the expressway. Not exactly sure what the "right thing to do" would be in this situation. I feel terrible that I could have potentially screwed with nature, but I know I'd feel worse if I did nothing to try to help this lost guy.
Out of curiosity, are there any places out there that would take wounded or at-risk tortoi's? Based on that link above there are people out there dedicated to the preservation and potential relocation of these animals. If I run into a similar situation again, I want to make sure I do the right thing and not risk further endangering these beautiful creatures.