Generally when you read the words "high speed car chase" and "alligator" in the same sentence, let alone paragraph, you probably assume we're talking about the state known for the most shenanigans: Florida

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However, the Lake County Sheriff's Department had to check their location over the weekend after they came face to face with a real life alligator after stopping a high speed car chase.


According to a post on facebook, around 11pm on Saturday night, a Lake County officer noticed a truck going well above the speed limit. The officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, but they refused to stop and a chase began.

Red and blue Lights of police car in night time. Night patrolling the city. Abstract blurry image.

Officers only had to chase the vehicle for a short period of time before the chase ended with the vehicle being stuck between two trees near the Rails-To-Trails pathway in Webber Township. That's when officers discovered the strange companion on the vehicle: an alligator.

Lake County Sheriffs Office on Facebook
Lake County Sheriffs Office on Facebook

In case you don't believe it, good news: they have footage

(That's definitely not what you'd expect to see in Michigan.)

They did name the gator, and I'm not sure if they were trying to insult it, but they're calling her Karen.

However, they're description of finding her has me in TEARS!

The passenger, "Karen" the Alligator, attempted to flee the scene, but was taken into custody after a short scuffle. Karen is not facing any charges at this time. We believe she was an unwilling participant during the incident, nor do we believe she was ever in control of the vehicle.

- Lake County Sheriffs Department on Facebook

The gator has (thankfully) not caught charges since he wasn't behind the wheel, however she may have to find a new home because it's not exactly legal to have an alligator as a pet for most people in the state of Michigan.

We're glad "Karen" is safe, and here's hoping no other exotic animals get into high speed chases on Michigan highways anytime soon.

If you want to see the full post from the Lake County Sheriffs Dept, you can see it on their facebook page.

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