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.