HOW A DEPUTIZED ALLIGATOR NABBED A FLEEING AND ELUDING SUSPECT IN DRAMATIC FLORIDA POLICE CHASE

It’s unknown to Clearwater criminal lawyers if in the future Florida police may consider using deputized alligators in the same manner as they now use police dogs; but forewarned Floridians should think twice about the possible consequences of fleeing and eluding police officers even if the alligators are not deputized.

Alligators in Florida can stop defendants who flee & elude officers in the Tampa Bay area.
Deputized Alligator

Anytime there is a fleeing and eluding, there’s a danger of major traffic crashes posed by officers who fail to use reasonable discretion during high speed chases for nonviolent offenses that continue to endanger lives in Tampa Bay.

Yet in Florida, there are other dangers lurking in the wilds for anyone who eludes an arrest, as demonstrated last night when a man being pursued by police scampered out of his vehicle to flee on foot. So far so good. 

But according to press reports the hapless man came upon an Alligator. The suspect was later found by law enforcement recovering in the hospital from alligator bites on his face and arm.

Although it’s true that in Florida an illegal arrest can be lawfully resisted as long as no force or violence is used, a Tampa Bay defense lawyer’s advice is to pull your vehicle over in a safe manner as soon as possible upon seeing that an officer is attempting to initiate a stop; then if you stay in the driver’s seat you’ll be much less likely to be bitten by a Florida alligator.