A woman who yanked a gator out of her yoga pants during a traffic stop pled guilty to illegally possessing wild animals and was given probation.
25-year-old Ariel Machan-Le Quire, from Florida, was in the passenger seat of a vehicle pulled over in May for blowing a stop sign in Punta Gorda, said the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office at the time. Machan-Le Quire, plus the 22-year-old operator Michael Clemons, claimed initially they were attempting to collect frogs and snakes from underneath an overpass. The deputy was granted permission to comb the bags in the trunk and ultimately unearthed 41 three-stripe turtles inside a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” book bag. When the deputy probed if the pair possessed anything else, Machan-Le Quire snatched a 1-foot alligator out of her yoga pants! She was then arrested.
Machan-Le Quire was charged with possessing more than one turtle per day, transporting more than one turtle or turtle eggs, one count of possessing a softshell turtle and possessing an America alligator, local news outlets reported, citing court records. She was sentenced Monday to 200 hours of community service, six months’ probation, and was told to donate $500 to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee, the government agency that took on the case after the deputy’s discovery, reported the paper. Charges against Clemons are pending.
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