Alligator spotted on highway west of Havelock


This 5-foot alligator was spotted along U.S. 70 just west of Havelock on Monday. Local residents captured the gator and moved it to a creek to keep it off the highway.

Jordan Honeycutt/Halifax Media Service
Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 11:33 PM.

It’s a fairly unusual occurrence for Eastern North Carolina residents to encounter a potentially dangerous reptile out in the open, especially when driving down a busy four-lane highway.

As Craven County resident Dineen Wright and her husband, J.D., were driving eastbound on U.S. 70 Monday afternoon just west of Havelock, it happened to them in the form of a 5-foot-long American alligator.

“I was talking on the phone and I was just like ‘hold up — there’s a gator in the road,’” Dineen Wright said. “I had never saw one before like this and I was shocked that he was so close to the highway.”

The Wrights stopped their car and shooed the gator away from danger and into a muddy, overgrown ditch where the gator nestled in.

Facing a dilemma on what to do next, Dineen Wright said she called Animal Control.

“Animal Control told me that there was nothing they could do with an alligator, so I tried to call the Wildlife (Resources) Commission, and it was after 5 p.m., so they were closed and we couldn’t get in touch with anyone,” she said.

They then contacted a nearby resident, Ricky Dickerson, to try and get some help.

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