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Authorities: Florida woman pulls gator from yoga pants during stop

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

American alligators lounge on the bank of the Myakka River in the Myakka River State Park, the eponymous state park, which home to thousands of gators and an array of bird species. Officials say a Florida woman who pulled a small alligator from her yoga pants during a traffic stop and illegally possessed numerous other wild animals has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to four charges. (John Briley / For The Washington Post)
American alligators lounge on the bank of the Myakka River in the Myakka River State Park, the eponymous state park, which home to thousands of gators and an array of bird species. Officials say a Florida woman who pulled a small alligator from her yoga pants during a traffic stop and illegally possessed numerous other wild animals has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to four charges. (John Briley / For The Washington Post)
Associated Press

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. – Officials say a Florida woman who pulled a small alligator from her yoga pants during a traffic stop and illegally possessed numerous other wild animals has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to four charges.

Florida prosecutors say a Charlotte County sheriff’s deputy stopped a pickup truck in May after it ran a stop sign. The driver, 22-year-old driver Michael Clemons, told the deputy he and his 25-year-old passenger, Ariel Machan-Le Quire, were collecting frogs and snakes under an overpass. He gave the deputy permission to search bags in the truck.

When the deputy found 41 3-stripe turtles in a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” backpack, he asked if Machan-Le Quire had anything else. She pulled the 1-foot gator from her pants.

Officials say the Clemons case is pending.

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