Photo/Story Gallery 2007

Turnpike Troopers Handle Unusual Call

Troopers Everett and Colon are dispatched to deal with an unusual pedestrian issue.Photo of troopers and gator waiting for local trapperFor the safety of motorists and because of the obvious danger to human life, pedestrians are not allowed to walk on or cross the Florida Turnpike, which is a limited access highway.

Pictured above left, Troopers Chester Everett and Hector Colon are dispatched to deal with an unusual pedestrian issue and right, Troopers Everett and Colon keep their distance from the gator’s snapping jaws. Pictured below left, The unruly pedestrian is finally handcuffed and ready for transport.

The unruly pedestrian is finally handcuffed and ready for transport.However, Troopers Chester Everett and Hector Colon were recently dispatched to deal with an unruly alligator that was attempting to cross the lanes of the Florida Turnpike.

To make matters worse, the gator was not cooperating with a lawful order to leave the roadway. In fact, the gator actually smiled at Trooper Everett upon his arrival.

In the end, the nine foot gator was removed from the roadway and kept a safe distance away while the troopers waited for a local trapper to remove him, but not before a few photos were snapped to record the incident.

Photo of troopers and gator waiting for local trapper Photo of gator waiting for local trapper 1 Photo of gator waiting for local trapper 2 Photo of gator waiting for local trapper 3
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As the spring mating season of the Florida alligator gets underway, gators often wander out of their territory in search of companionship, crossing roadways and entering communities. Sometimes they can be the cause of crashes as drivers try to avoid a collision with them. So, motorists certainly need to be careful when gators are about.