Friday, August 14, 2009

Gator going for a bicycle ride in Boutte, Louisiana

Every now and then I like to post funny happenings in Louisiana. Well, this is one of those that you have to scratch your head at........

Gator draped over man's shoulders attracts cops' attention in Boutte

Alligators are a common sight in St. Charles Parish waterways, but they rarely travel by bicycle.
So when sheriff's deputies saw Terron D. Ingram riding his bike down Goodchildren Street in Boutte with a 3-foot-long gator draped over his neck late Friday, they had a few questions.

Ingram dropped the reptile and his bike and ran off, but was apprehended a few blocks away.

"We don't know what his intentions were," said Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Pat Yoes. He said it wasn't clear where Ingram had captured the gator.

Ingram was booked with a variety of charges, including cruelty to animals by abandonment, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was being held on $15,000 bond.

All ended well for the gator, however. Alligator Control Officer Kenny Schmill said he released it into the marsh near Bayou Gauche.

by: Matt Scallan, The Times-Picayune

Go figure! Oh, and Go Saints! (Pre-season game tonight, I'll be there in the dome.)

Dawn Chartier

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