20 year old Bryan Zuniga fled into a nearby water treatment plant after being pulled over by deputies, in a report by news.com.au.

He later told Fox 13 News that he was ‘swimming’ and ‘trying to hide’ when the alligator lunged at him, nearly knocking him unconscious.

“I thought I was going to die,” he said.

“The moment the gator’s mouth hit my head, I almost got knocked out. But my will to live kept me conscious and I fought back.”

Zuniga was found at the hospital being treated for puncture wounds to the face and arm.

He was subsequently charged with fleeing police.

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