An unwelcome visitor at a North Texas jail has been freed by a reptile-friendly deputy.
“One of the inmates in the seven cell spotted it above his cell,” said McNicholas . “Myself and Sgt. (Cedric) Dixon went up there into the pipe space and spotted it. It was an approximately 5-foot rat snake. It probably got in where we have exhaust fans in the wall or through the air-conditioner system’s ducts but couldn’t get back out.”
While Dixon held the flashlight and blocked the snake’s getaway, McNicholas collared the reptile.
“It bit my boot before I got a-hold of its head,” McNicholas said. “They’ve got teeth, but they’re little bitty teeth, so I don’t think it would have hurt me even if I would have gotten bit.”
The snake was pardoned for his unlawful entry and attempted assault on McNicholas. In fact, McNicholas himself carried it to a vacant lot near the jail, at 2500 Urban Drive, and released it unharmed by a natural creek, much to the relief of his colleagues.