Deputies: Fleeing suspect attacked by alligator in Pinellas

May 9, 2013 

ST. PETERSBURG -- Deputies said a Pinellas Park man tried to flee during a traffic stop only to be attacked by an alligator.

Bryan Zuniga, 20, was arrested at 12 p.m. Thursday in connection with the incident, which took place shortly before 3 a.m.

According to reports, deputies tried to pull over Zuniga in the 7100 block of 78th Avenue N because he was failing to drive in a single lane.

Deputies said Zuniga stopped the vehicle, then jumped out of the passenger side door. He kicked a hole in a vinyl fence, then fled.

Zuniga was found a few hours later at a local hospital, where he was being treated for multiple puncture wounds to his face, arm and armpit area, the report said.

Zuniga told deputies he had been attacked by an alligator near a water treatment plant in unincorporated St. Petersburg. He was released from the hospital and taken to Pinellas County Jail without incident.

Zuniga is facing charges with fleeing and eluding a police officer, driving with a suspended or revoked license, resisting an officer without violence and breaking or injuring fences.

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