Resisting arrest: A baby alligator walked the beach in NMB, then escaped officers

A baby alligator ventured onto the beach near the Cherry Grove point in North Myrtle Beach near dusk on Wednesday and managed to escape authorities.

A small crowd of interested onlookers and three North Myrtle Beach police officers gathered around the gator, which was less than 3 feet long, in the sand at 61st Avenue North around 8 p.m.

The officers attempted to corral the gator, but it was noncompliant, jumping and twisting away after a lengthy battle and swimming out to sea just after sunset. Officers then aborted the attempted capture.

It was unclear how the gator arrived in the area.

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Alan Blondin covers golf, Coastal Carolina athletics and numerous other sports-related topics that warrant coverage. Well-versed in all things Myrtle Beach, Horry County and the Grand Strand, the Northeastern University journalism school valedictorian has been a sports reporter at The Sun News since 1993, earning eight top-10 Associated Press Sports Editors national writing awards and 18 top-three S.C. Press Association writing awards since 2007.