Man Arrested While Driving Around With Live Alligator, Says He Was Babysitting It
The state of California allows several exotic animals to be kept as pets. For example, Zebras, Bison, Toucans, Camels, Ostriches, and Hybrid cats. Alligators, however, are not legal to keep as pets in California as they are a threatened species.
On Tuesday, February 8th, Tyler Watson was pulled over by police in the city of Anderson on Tuesday morning. Watson was arrested on a warrant but surprised police when he admitted there was a live alligator in his car.
According to the Anderson Police Department, officers were dispatched to a report of a possible DUI driver traveling southbound on Highway 273 from Ox Yoke Road. The parked vehicle was located at the Power Market on Briggs Steet.
The officers got in contact with 29-year-old Watson and conducted a DUI evaluation. Watson was found to not be impaired, however, he was found to have an active felony warrant for his arrest due to probation violations. Watson was arrested on his warrants. After he was placed in cuffs, he informed police that there was a live alligator on the passenger seat floorboard of his vehicle.
Watson wasn't lying, there was in fact a small alligator in his car. Watson claims he was just watching it for a friend who had been recently arrested.
Officers contacted Animal Control Officers and a Game Warden from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to assist with the alligator.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is now in possession of the alligator, according to KOVR. Watson was booked into the Shasta County Jail and has been charged with possession of an alligator.
Anderson Police posted pictures of the alligator to their Facebook page.
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