DESOTO PARISH, La. (KLFY) A 10-13-foot long alligator shut down I-49 in Desoto Parish, Louisiana, on Friday.
According to the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office, “Al E. Gator,” age 39, caused the closure when he crawled onto southbound I-49 near the Natchitoches line just before 9 a.m.
Deputies said they tried convincing the gator that this was not the greatest place to sunbathe, but it did not cooperate and stood in place.
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Gator appeared to be under the influence of an illegal substance, according to deputies with a sense of humor. They called on K-9 officer Rex, who swiftly declined to intervene with the reptile.
Shortly afterward, deputies said, the gator fled on “feet” and was later located and detained in a nearby creek bed.
Gator was transported to the DeSoto Detention Center to be booked on charges of obstruction of a public roadway, possession of schedule II (Meth) with Intent to distribute, aggravated flight from an officer, and terrorism, according to deputies.
No injuries were reported.