Chomp! An alligator took a bite out of a deputy's patrol car and wouldn't let go. (photo courtesy Alachua Sheriff's Office)
ALACHUA COUNTY, Florida (WTLV) -- A deputy responding to a call of an alligator in a residential neighborhood got up close and personal with the reptile.
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According to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, it happened around 7 p.m. Sunday in Gainesville.
The gator, nearly as long as the deputy's car, did what alligators do when something's coming at them: he used his powerful jaws to clamp down.
The gator grabbed hold of the deputy's front bumper and refused to let go. After a while, someone started recording video, watching as the deputy began to back up with the gator in tow.
Eventually, the alligator let go and was captured by a licensed trapper.
The car sustained some damage to the bumper and grill, but nobody was injured.
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