Monday 19 March 2018

Man throws live alligator through drive-thru window at fast food outlet to avoid paying for soft drink

Joshua James. Photo: Palm Beach Sheriff's Office
Joshua James. Photo: Palm Beach Sheriff's Office

Meadhbh McGrath

A man charged with using a live alligator as a dangerous weapon has agreed to accept a plea deal.

Joshua James (24) will plead guilty to unspecified misdemeanour charges when he appears in court on May 31, where Judge Barry Cohen will decide his sentence.

James was accused of throwing the 3.5-foot alligator through the drive-thru window of a Wendy’s fast food restaurant at an unsuspecting cashier before driving off without paying for a soft drink.

The incident occurred last October in Palm Beach, Florida, and James was arrested in February.

He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, along with illegal possession of an alligator and petty theft.

Upon his release on $6,000 bail, he told WPTV that he was sorry for the “stupid” stunt, and said: “I think my pranking days are over as of today.”

He was ordered not to enter any Wendy’s restaurant and to have no further contact with animals other than his family’s dog.

James has said he found the alligator by the side of the road and put it in his truck.

No one was injured in the incident, and the alligator was subsequently captured by Florida conservation officers and returned to the wild.

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