Port St. Lucie: Car Thief Hits Alligator, Crashes
MAY 15–A suspected auto thief was captured after the stolen car he was driving struck an alligator as the animal was crossing a Florida road, police report.
Calvin Rodriguez, 22, was driving a hot Honda Civic Tuesday when he was spotted by Port St. Lucie Police Department officers. Rodriguez sped off with cops on his tail.
According to a police report, the vehicle “began driving at a high rate of speed and was lost sight of.” Rodriguez’s escape, however, was not without complications, cops noted.
“The Honda was later discovered to have crashed into an alligator, causing it to crash into a median,” police reported. A search of the 1999 Honda yielded a set of “shaved keys” that Rodriguez reportedly told police he used to “boost” cars. “This shows that Calvin was in control of the Honda that struck the alligator and the median,” investigators noted.
A police spokesperson told TSG that he was unaware whether the alligator survived the collision.
Source: The Smoking Gun