An alligator takes a bite out of Alachua County sheriff's Deputy Victor Borrero's squad car in the 3000 block of Southwest 70th Lane on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Alachua County Sheriff's Office)
Gainesville - On Saturday, a 10-foot alligator bit down on the front bumper of a Crown Victoria that belongs to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.
The deputy driving the car, Victor Borrero, had to slowly back up the vehicle several feet to get the alligator to release the front bumper of the green-and-white car.
Borrero was dispatched to the 3000 block of Southwest 70th Lane, at the south end of Gainesville Golf and Country Club, adjacent to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, around 7 p.m. Saturday to check out reports of a large alligator in the area.
Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Todd Kelly said Borrero was waiting for a licensed trapper under contract with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to remove the alligator when it took a bite out of the patrol car. "It may have come from Paynes Prairie - we really don't know," Kelly said, "but that seems like the most likely location."
FWC spokeswoman Karen Parker said this alligator, like all other nuisance gators more than 4 feet long, was dispatched by the trapper. The trapper was then allowed to keep the meat and hide.
Kelly said the front bumper of the patrol car was heavily damaged.