AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Logo

What Not to Haul in your Car

Published May 25th 2008, 10:17pm by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles

Texas_gator File this under “things not to do.” A man in Texas was stopped after he made a couple of U-Turns and almost hit someone. And when the Texas Highway Patrol approached William Eric Johnson’s car, the officer couldn’t believe what he saw. There was a 6-foot alligator in Johnson’s back car window.

Not only was the alligator just hanging around in the back window, it wasn’t restrained in any way. No ropes, no tethers, no tape around its jaws. While the patrol officer later stated that the gator looked pretty content, they didn’t take any chances and called a professional to help remove the animal.

Johnson claimed that he saw the gator on the side of the road and was just taking it to a friend’s pond. But he was also caught with some items stolen from his employer’s son’s home, so police probably weren’t sure what to believe.

Texas_gator2 The previous day, believe it or not, Johnson had been reported as drunk in public. When police found him, they also found a 4 1/2-foot-long water moccasin snake in the car, which had already bitten Johnson. (Fortunately, he warned the officers first.) He refused treatment for the bite.

Seems like this guy was having a really bad couple of days. Maybe he should have just stayed away from the dangerous animals with big teeth and fangs. Oh yeah, and not carry them in his car, either! Remember, carrying your pets is one thing. Carrying vicious animals is something else entirely.

Becky_headshot By Becky Scott
Contributing Editor

Visit us at

Car Advice Podcasts for Women

Need Car Advice?

Ask The Experts!

Looking for a New or Used Car?

Search for our Certified Female Friendly® Car Buying Marketplace locations

Help Our Charities