Reptile Road Trip: Florida Man Busted with an Alligator Passenger
It was a routine patrol in Dixie County, a typical day in the life of law enforcement, when suddenly, the spotlight turns to an unexpected star…None other than a small alligator passenger chilling in the back of a GMC SUV. Now when it comes to road trip companions, leave the alligators out of the equation. Sure, they might seem like cool, low-maintenance travel buddies, but trust me, letting a gator ride shotgun is a one-way ticket to court.
According to FOX35, it was on NE 227 Ave. in Cross City when a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer was summoned to the scene. The driver, David Godfrey, had a strange companion riding shotgun. A three-foot gator snugly tucked away in a burlap sack in the trunk.
Now, before you jump to conclusions, Godfrey had an alibi ready. He claimed to have heroically rescued the scaly fellow from an impending disaster on a paved road near the county jail. The man feared the little gator might become roadkill, and nobody wants that on their conscience.
Reptile Rescue For The Alligator Passenger:
Godfrey soon spilled the beans to the FWC officer, confessing his knowledge of the legal mumbo-jumbo surrounding alligator possession. Yet, here he was, caught red-handed with an unauthorized gator stash.
Our hero (or perhaps anti-hero) faced the consequences as he was slapped with charges for the unlawful possession of an alligator. A notice to appear in Dixie County court was the not-so-glamorous prize for his wildlife misadventure. Meanwhile, the confiscated alligator, after a quick photoshoot for evidence purposes, found itself released into the wild or at least a safer, alligator-friendly area.
In the realm of bizarre roadside tales, this one takes the cake. Remember, if you’re going to play wildlife rescuer, make sure you’re not breaking the law while doing it.