TULSA - The college student found passed out with an alligator in the backseat of his campus-parked vehicle was formally charged Friday.
Shane Allen was arrested at Tulsa Community College May 1 after classmates discovered the 21-year-old sprawled over the steering wheel of his Jeep next to marijuana and three tablets of Xanax.
It wasn't until Tulsa police arrived on scene that the alligator was discovered. Caged, bound and nearly five-feet long, TCC officials said the animal was likely brought for a school presentation.
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The Broken Arrow man, who was initially taken into custody on drug charges, now faces one count of possession of protected wildlife.
Allen's due in court May 17.
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