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Woman pulls gator from pants during stop, police say

By The Associated Press • May 14, 2019 at 5:00 PM

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman pulled a small alligator from her yoga pants during a traffic stop, police said.

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office deputy stopped a pickup truck Monday afternoon after it ran a stop sign. The driver, 22-year-old driver Michael Clemons, told the deputy that he and his 25-year-old passenger, Ariel Machan-Le Quire, were collecting frogs and snakes under an overpass.

Clemons gave the deputy permission to search bags in the truck.

When the deputy found 41 three-stripe turtles in the woman's backpack, he asked if she had anything else. That’s when she pulled the 1-foot gator from her yoga pants.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission took over the investigation.

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