Woman Jailed after Alligator Fiasco
Paraphrased from the AP, Tampa,
To fully appreciate this, you need to picture
it as if you were watching some dry comedy, or an Anne Tyler movie.
So this woman in
Tampa hits an alligator with her car one Friday night. The next day, she decides
go back and rescue it.
She drives back, picks up the badly hurt
alligator, puts it into the back seat of her car, and takes it home.
Man, my parents told me never to approach even
an injured dog.
After getting it home, she wetted it down with
hose and then tried unsuccessfully to reach somebody with the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission. Her neighbors then informed her it was illegal
to have the animal (it's a felony in Florida, actually), so she loaded it in the
car again and drove off in search of a pond to release it.
That's when things went from bad to worse. The
alligator started to thrash its tail and the woman got distracted, veering off
the road and hitting a mailbox. She's got an alligator in the back seat, so she
tried to drive off. But now her car got stuck in a ditch.
This is when she lost her cool, decided to
simply get out of her car, and walk away. Now, that's sneaky.
But she wasn't quite done-- when the police
arrived at her home, the 49-year-old woman struggled with the officers.
She said she "freaked out" at the prospect of going to jail.
She was charged with: possession of an alligator,
driving with a suspended license, walking away from the scene of an accident,
and resisting arrest. She spent the night in jail.
The game commission finally removed the
alligator from the car; it died later.