Bryan Zuniga attacked by alligator after fleeing deputies

Published On: May 09 2013 10:12:32 AM HST
Bryan Zuniga

Bryan Zuniga says he was attacked by an alligator after running from deputies during a traffic stop.


A Florida man is recovering after being attacked by an alligator while fleeing deputies during a traffic stop.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says Bryan Zuniga, 20, was pulled over for failing to maintain a single lane early Thursday morning.

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Deputies say Zuniga stopped the vehicle and jumped out of the passenger door. He then broke through a vinyl fence and escaped.

Zuniga was found at a local hospital a few hours later. He was being treated for multiple puncture wounds to the face, arm and armpit area. He told deputies he had been attacked by an alligator near a water treatment plant.

He faces charges of fleeing police, driving with a suspended or revoked license and resisting an officer without violence.

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