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Woman Puts Alligator in Her Back Seat
AP ^ | February 25, 2003

Posted on 02/25/2003 7:37:34 AM PST by Indy Pendance

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Leslie Strickland said she had nothing but good intentions when she loaded a badly hurt 6-foot alligator into the back seat of her car and took it home to Port Charlotte.

The 49-year-old woman had hit the animal with her car Friday night and went back to rescue it Saturday - but wound up spending a night in jail, charged with possession of an alligator, a felony in Florida.

Police also charged her with driving with a suspended license and walking away from the scene of an accident, leaving the injured alligator in the back seat.

"I knew I was in trouble, and I panicked and I left," Strickland said by phone Monday. "I had a felony in the back seat, and I just didn't know what to do."

On Saturday, Strickland said she drove the gator home, wetted it down with hose and then tried unsuccessfully to reach somebody with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

After neighbors told her it was illegal to have the animal, she loaded it in the car again and drove off in search of a pond to release it.

But the alligator started to thrash its tail, she said. Distracted, she veered off the road and hit a mailbox. Witnesses told police she tried to drive off, but her car got stuck in the ditch. So she got out and walked away.

Police arrested Strickland at her home nearby, adding a charge of resisting arrest after she struggled with officers who tried to handcuff her. She said she "freaked out" at the prospect of going to jail.

The game commission finally removed the alligator from the car; it died later.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: alligator; backseatfelony; florida; stupidmoron; uf
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1 posted on 02/25/2003 7:37:34 AM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance
I couldn't add a thing to this story. It speaks for itself.
2 posted on 02/25/2003 7:40:29 AM PST by Jeff Chandler ( ;)
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To: Indy Pendance
But, but... I don't understand... The cute, little woodland creatures don't act like this in the Disney movies! They don't thrash around trying to hurt people; they sing nice songs about living together. How could this happen?!?
3 posted on 02/25/2003 7:40:47 AM PST by Redcloak (bortaS nIvqu' 'oH bortaS'e')
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To: Indy Pendance
In most parts of Louisiana, that's not a felony, it's dinner.
4 posted on 02/25/2003 7:40:59 AM PST by The_Victor
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To: Indy Pendance
Anything under 10 foot is a lizard
5 posted on 02/25/2003 7:42:55 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: Jeff Chandler
I couldn't add a thing to this story. It speaks for itself.

An alligator once bit my sister (since they don't have moose in Floriduh)...

6 posted on 02/25/2003 7:42:59 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: Indy Pendance
"I had a felony in the back seat, and I just didn't know what to do."

There are just too many possibilities with this line....I'm probably better off not touching it.

7 posted on 02/25/2003 7:43:11 AM PST by Focault's Pendulum (I just bought the Maginot Line on E Bay.)
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To: mhking
Please do the honors
8 posted on 02/25/2003 7:43:30 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: The_Victor
In most parts of Louisiana, that's not a felony, it's dinner.

Darn right it is! Especially the tail, deep fried. Finger lickin' good!

9 posted on 02/25/2003 7:44:21 AM PST by Pern (It's good to know who hates you, and it's good to be hated by the right people - Johnny Cash)
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To: Indy Pendance
How the heck did she get the 'gator in the car by herself? A six-footer's got to weigh a few hundred pounds.
She had help getting it in the car, and they weren't trying to rescue it - they were gonna EAT it.
10 posted on 02/25/2003 7:44:54 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is a war room".)
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To: dirtboy
... they don't have moose in Floriduh...the aligators keep them away!
11 posted on 02/25/2003 7:45:15 AM PST by Jeff Chandler ( ;)
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To: stainlessbanner
Hold mah gator!!!
12 posted on 02/25/2003 7:46:06 AM PST by ChuckHam
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To: Indy Pendance
possession of an alligator, a felony in Florida....

All together now; "When Alligators are outlawed, only outlaws will have Alligators".

p.s. Is possession of a Camen a lesser charge?
13 posted on 02/25/2003 7:47:03 AM PST by Spruce
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To: Indy Pendance
I belive it's people like this in Florida we owe the Presidency to. Prabably tried to vote for Al Gore, but did't know where to shove the probe, or left hanging chad or did't hold her mouth right or SOMETHING!
14 posted on 02/25/2003 7:48:21 AM PST by Blue Collar Christian (Okie by proxy, raised by Yankees, temporarily Californian)
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To: Indy Pendance
See ya later Wally Gator.....

Really though, this is the ideal new age criminal. A bit irresponsible and stupid, but well intended, conciensious, full of good will, and not violent, smoking crack, and kicking out patrol car windows. Another decade and the jails will be full of these types. Better than real criminals. Less messy and better on guard morale too.

Reminds me of the story of the guy who saw a deer hit by a truck in Michigan. The doe was killed but he saw her belly rolling around. He got out and cut her open and revived the fawn with CPR. He drove it home and called the DNR to take it.

He got six months and cannot own a gun any more.

15 posted on 02/25/2003 7:49:01 AM PST by blackdog ("But that's what I do" A quote from my Border Collie)
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To: blackdog
Really though, this is the ideal new age criminal

Well, she ain't no Amos Moses!

16 posted on 02/25/2003 7:50:07 AM PST by Jeff Chandler ( ;)
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To: Indy Pendance
Okay I'll say it.....

"This is a crock," she snapped at the judge.

17 posted on 02/25/2003 7:51:22 AM PST by DainBramage
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To: Jeff Chandler
A Jerry Reed fan! Right on
18 posted on 02/25/2003 7:53:18 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: Indy Pendance
There are only about 46 intelligent women left in the world.
19 posted on 02/25/2003 7:53:53 AM PST by Consort
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To: DainBramage
Upon sentencing, the woman shed crocodile tears....
20 posted on 02/25/2003 7:58:26 AM PST by blackdog ("But that's what I do" A quote from my Border Collie)
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To: Indy Pendance
We got thousands of damned Timber Rattlers in the neighborhood & surrounding hills
and the danged DNR has them protected...with big fines for killing the things...
regardless of how many humans or pets they bite..
21 posted on 02/25/2003 7:59:00 AM PST by joesnuffy
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To: Jeff Chandler
How does one get a 6 FOOT ALLIGAT0R in the BACK SEAT of their car!???!?!?!?!?!?!? What am I missing?
22 posted on 02/25/2003 8:00:28 AM PST by FeliciaCat
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To: FeliciaCat
I am sure you thought it, but I'll say it, She was up to elbows in alligators.
23 posted on 02/25/2003 8:03:33 AM PST by appeal2
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To: FeliciaCat
VERY carefully....
24 posted on 02/25/2003 8:03:38 AM PST by Dutch14 (Dive! Dive! Dive!)
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To: Indy Pendance
"Ah cite the defendant for contempt for bring that cold slimey reptile into ma court! Anyway's ah thought that 'gator was dead."

"Y'honor, that's my lawyer."

25 posted on 02/25/2003 8:03:49 AM PST by Jonah Hex
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To: FeliciaCat
How does one comply with those damn seatbelt laws with a six foot alligator? They charged her with everything else!
26 posted on 02/25/2003 8:04:16 AM PST by blackdog ("But that's what I do" A quote from my Border Collie)
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; AntiGuv; dubyaismypresident; Grani; ...
"Hold muh beer 'n watch this!" PING....

If you want on or off this list, please let me know!

27 posted on 02/25/2003 8:05:13 AM PST by mhking
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To: Indy Pendance
"I had a felony in the back seat, and I just didn't know what to do."

She must've wrestled hard with her dilema.

28 posted on 02/25/2003 8:05:24 AM PST by small voice in the wilderness
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To: BlueLancer; Jeff Chandler
>>... they don't have moose in Floriduh...the aligators keep them away!

They're dissin' your boyz over here. ;-)
29 posted on 02/25/2003 8:05:57 AM PST by FreedomPoster (This Space Intentionally Blank)
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To: gridlock; Chapita; freeeee; Old Professer
After yesterday's thread, y'all just have to see this one!
30 posted on 02/25/2003 8:07:23 AM PST by LBGA
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To: Indy Pendance
What a great story. Probably another bleeding heart Bambi lover got to enjoy nature at its best.
31 posted on 02/25/2003 8:07:42 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Stamp out Freepathons! Stop being a Freep Loader! Become a monthly donor!)
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To: stainlessbanner; Jeff Chandler
Couldn't resist.

Amos Moses
Jerry Reed
(Reed)
Super Hits Of The 70's, Vol. 3

Yeah here comes Amos
Now Amos Moses was a Cajun
He lived by himself in the swamp
He hunted alligator for a living
He'd just knock them in the head with a stump
The Louisiana law gonna get you Amos
It ain't legal hunting alligator down in the swamp boy

Now everyone blamed his old man
For making him mean as a snake
When Amos Moses was a boy
His daddy would use him for alligator bait
Tie a rope around his neck and throw him in the swamp
Alligator man in the Louisiana bayou
About forty-five minutes south of Tippitoe Louisiana
Lived a man called Dr. Mills South and his pretty wife Hannah
They raised up a son who could eat his weight in groceries
Named him after a man of the cloth
Called him Amos Moses

Now the folks around south Louisiana
Said Amos was a hell of a man
He could trap the biggest meanest alligator
And he'd just use one hand
That's all he got left cause an alligator bit it
Left arm gone clear up to the elbow

Well the sheriff caught wind that Amos was up in the swamp
Trading alligator skins
So he snuck in the swamp gonna get the boy
But he never came out
Well I wonder where the Louisiana sheriff went to
Well you can sure get lost in the Louisiana bayou
About forty-five minutes south of Tippitoe Louisiana
Lived a cat named Dr. Mills South and his pretty wife Hannah
They raised up a son who could eat his weight in groceries
Named him after a man of the cloth
Called him Amos Moses

I know son
Make it count son
About forty-five minutes south of Tippitoe Louisiana...
32 posted on 02/25/2003 8:08:15 AM PST by FreedomPoster (This Space Intentionally Blank)
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To: Indy Pendance
"Hello, 911..."

"I need a bambulance!"

"Where are you, sir?""I'm in the mutha-f*****' phone booth!"

??!!

(after much in the way of attempted conversation) "What happened sir?"

"After I hit the deer, I put it in the back seat, but after I started driving, it woke up!"

Guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes if you can ever find the audio file of it...

33 posted on 02/25/2003 8:08:16 AM PST by mhking
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To: DainBramage
"You see your honor, A woman and an alligator walk into a bar....Well, to make a long story short....."
34 posted on 02/25/2003 8:09:10 AM PST by blackdog ("But that's what I do" A quote from my Border Collie)
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To: Jeff Chandler; dighton; aculeus; general_re; L,TOWM; Experiment 6-2-6
"...... they don't have moose in Floriduh...the aligators keep them away!"

Well, they must be p*ss-weak Møøse then. Up in Michigan, where I used to live, we didn't have any alligators because the Møøse kept biting them.

Someone told them that they were somebody's sister.


35 posted on 02/25/2003 8:10:19 AM PST by BlueLancer (Der Elite Møøsenspåånkængruppen ØberKømmååndø (EMØØK))
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To: FreedomPoster

36 posted on 02/25/2003 8:10:38 AM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: blackdog
"Like I said your honor, the officer said to take him to the zoo,

and he had so much fun I thought we would go to six flags tomorrow."

37 posted on 02/25/2003 8:14:45 AM PST by DainBramage
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To: joesnuffy
We got thousands of damned Timber Rattlers in the neighborhood & surrounding hills and the danged DNR has them protected...with big fines for killing the things... regardless of how many humans or pets they bite..

Sneaky question: if you kill 'em and put the meat in chili (like Xena's Dad used to do), and dispose of the skin, how does the DNR know what you've done?
38 posted on 02/25/2003 8:19:27 AM PST by Xenalyte
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To: Xenalyte
if you kill 'em and put the meat in chili (like Xena's Dad used to do), and dispose of the skin, how does the DNR know what you've done?

"Nice shoes..."

39 posted on 02/25/2003 8:26:43 AM PST by mhking
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To: Spruce
Is possession of a Camen a lesser charge?

I believe it depends on the state you live in? I live in COlorado, and have a 5 foot boa constrictor & two piranha, but to get a camen (which I pondered for a short time, and decided against), you have to have a state license.

40 posted on 02/25/2003 8:27:03 AM PST by dware (Help expose the commie organizations: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/844750/posts)
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To: FreedomPoster
I believe that would be Tibbedeaux, La., not Tippitoe. At the end of the bayou. I met my first wife at the College Inn there.
41 posted on 02/25/2003 8:28:33 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot
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To: FeliciaCat
Here gator,gator,gator. Here gator,gator,gator.
42 posted on 02/25/2003 8:30:01 AM PST by fml
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To: Pern
In most parts of Louisiana, that's not a felony, it's dinner.

Darn right it is! Especially the tail, deep fried. Finger lickin' good

Dont forget barbeque gator!

43 posted on 02/25/2003 8:30:39 AM PST by Bethbg79
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To: mhking
I remember that tape. It was played extensively in SF on the radio. Funny, funny.
44 posted on 02/25/2003 8:31:34 AM PST by EggsAckley (nuke the gay vegan whales for jesus)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot
I'm sure you're right; it's what I get for a Google cut'n'paste
45 posted on 02/25/2003 8:32:00 AM PST by FreedomPoster (This Space Intentionally Blank)
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To: FeliciaCat; Psalm 73
When you consider that an alligator is about half tail a six foot alligator is not that big. Probably only 60-75 pounds at that age.
46 posted on 02/25/2003 8:32:16 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot
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To: FreedomPoster
Beer-drinking bicyclist arrested
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Published Sunday, February 23rd, 2003


A man who was drinking a beer while riding his bicycle in a parking lot next to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office on Hilton Head Island Friday night told a deputy that he had "no problems," and then volunteered to empty his pockets of all contents -- including a bag of marijuana.
According to a report filed with the Sheriff's Office, Alberto Aurelio Trujillo, 36, of 25 Deallyon Road was on Lagoon Road about 11 p.m. when he was approached by Deputy Eric Ricker. Ricker approached Trujillo because Trujillo was "attempting to ride a bicycle while drinking a Budweiser beer from a bottle," the report said.

Trujillo reportedly told the deputy that he was "extremely drunk but had no problems." Ricker then asked Trujillo to pour out his bottle of beer. But instead of dumping it, Trujillo began to empty his pockets, all the while saying, "no problems," the report said.

As he emptied his pockets, a baggy of leafy substance thought to be marijuana fell out, the report said. Trujillo then looked at Ricker and said, "Oops, I am very drunk," then repeated he had "no problems," Ricker wrote in his report.

Ricker disagreed and told Trujillo he had a big problem.

Trujillo was arrested and charged with possession of beer in public and simple possession of marijuana.
47 posted on 02/25/2003 8:33:19 AM PST by CFW (Freeper matchmaker)
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To: Bethbg79
Dont forget barbeque gator!

In southern Louisiana anything they throw on the grill they call barbeque, regardless of flavor or sauce.

48 posted on 02/25/2003 8:34:46 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot
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To: Indy Pendance; dighton; Dog Gone; aculeus; general_re
On Saturday, Strickland said she drove the gator home, wetted it down with hose and then tried unsuccessfully to reach somebody with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

She was looking for marinade recipes and cooking tips, after gatorrecipes.com returned an error message.

49 posted on 02/25/2003 8:34:56 AM PST by Thinkin' Gal
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To: Mind-numbed Robot
Yeah, but how did one woman pick up a six foot gator by herself while holding its jaws and controlling the tail.
Not to mention the snap he probably made at her when she let him go in the backseat.

Sounds funny to me...
50 posted on 02/25/2003 8:35:44 AM PST by Bethbg79
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