Man attacked by alligator while fleeing deputies
Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 3:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 3:27 p.m.
PINELLAS PARK — A Florida man is recovering after being attacked by an alligator while fleeing deputies during a traffic stop.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Bryan Zuniga was pulled over for failing to maintain a single lane Thursday at about 2:50 a.m.
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 was being treated for multiple puncture wounds to the face, arm and armpit area. He told deputies he had been attacked by an alligator near a water treatment plant.
He has been charged with fleeing police, driving with a suspended or revoked license and resisting an officer without violence.
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