Joshua James, 23,
of Jupiter, Florida, had wanted to play a practical joke on a
friend working at the Wendy's restaurant in Royal Palm Beach
when he decided to hurl the reptile into the building, his
parents told local broadcaster WPTV.
"It was a stupid prank," Linda James said.
James faces charges of aggravated assault, and unlawful
possession and transportation of an alligator, WPTV said. The
incident took place in October.
James found the 3-foot alligator on the side of the road and led
the reptile into his truck, according to a Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission incident report cited by the
He drove to the Wendy's restaurant and placed an order, received
a drink at the drive-thru window, and then threw the alligator
through the opening, it said.
The report contains a photo of the alligator sitting on the
floor of the restaurant, WPTV reported.
The alligator was released back into the wild.
(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)
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