Alligator wasn’t driving during car chase, Michigan police say

LAKE COUNTY, MI – An alligator was rescued by police after a car chase Saturday.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office tried to pull over a car driven on U.S. 10 by a 40-year-old Oak Park man around 11 p.m. on June 11. The man was driving at a high rate of speed, police said.

The driver fled the traffic stop, and was pursued by deputies and law enforcement with Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The chase ended when the car got stuck between two trees on the Rails-to-Trails path near South Forman Road in Webber Township, police said.

“Karen” the alligator was a passenger in the car and tried to flee, police said, and was caught after a short scuffle.

“Karen is not facing any charges at this time,” police said. “We believe she was an unwilling participant during the incident, nor do we believe she was ever in control of the vehicle.”

The Oak Park man was arrested and is facing charges related to the chase. He also has several warrants from another jurisdiction, police said.

Watch a video of police catching the alligator on the county sheriff’s Facebook page here.

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