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Man charged with throwing alligator into drive-thru

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Man charged with throwing alligator into drive-thru

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A Florida man has been released on bail after allegedly throwing a metre-long alligator into a drive-through restaurant.

24-year-old Joshua James was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

He was also charged with illegally possessing an alligator and petty theft.

He has reportedly been released on 6000 USD bail and has been ordered to have no contact with animals.

Officials say he threw the reptile into the kitchen of a restaurant in Loxahatchee in Palm Beach county.

Wildlife officers say after buying a drink at 0120 am on 11 October, James threw the alligator into the building and drove off. He was tracked down using CCTV footage after he visited a convenience store nearby.

No one was hurt.