Friday, May 10, 2013

In Florida, gator takes bite out of crime -- and man

Bryan Zuniga suffered wounds to the face, arm and armpit area in the gator attack. 
(CNN) -- A Florida man fleeing a traffic stop almost got away, police say. Until he met up with an alligator.

Bryan Zuniga escaped police early Thursday, but was arrested at a Florida hospital hours later following the painful encounter with the gator.

The incident started after deputies pulled over the 20-year-old in Pinellas Park for allegedly failing to maintain a single lane.

He stopped the vehicle, jumped out and broke through a nearby fence, successfully eluding police, the Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies said in a statement.

But his freedom did not last long.

Authorities arrested him a few hours later at a local hospital, where he was getting treatment after the alligator attack.

Zuniga told deputies an alligator bit him near a water treatment plant in St. Petersburg, which is a few miles from where he ditched his car.

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