x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

American man escapes police and into the alligator's jaws

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office in Florida say a man on the run from the law was injured by an alligator attack.

PINELLAS PARK, FLORIDA // Authorities say a Florida man ran from the law and into an alligator's jaws.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Bryan Zuniga was pulled over for failing to maintain a single lane on Thursday night.

Deputies say Zuniga stopped the vehicle and jumped out of the passenger door. He then broke through a vinyl fence and escaped.

The Tampa Bay area man was found at a local hospital a few hours later. He told deputies he had been attacked by an alligator near a water treatment plant. He was being treated for multiple puncture wounds to the face, arm and armpit area.

He has been charged with fleeing police, driving with a suspended or revoked license and resisting an officer without violence.