This happened at about 2 o’clock in the morning, on Knoll Road, the report says. A police unit noticed a car traveling well above the legal speed limit, so it turned around to engage in a pursuit and initiate a traffic stop. By the time the officer at the wheel was done turning around, the speeding vehicle had already crashed.
When officers arrived at the wreck, the driver had already escaped on foot. Sgt. Brandon Gehring started a search of the vehicle to check for any other passengers, and found a passenger inside and the pet snake. The snake, a red-tailed boa constrictor said to be measuring 7 or 8 feet in length, was crawling on the floorboards. As snakes do.
“I jumped back, I can tell you that,” Gehring honestly admits. “It was in the car, so I shut the door.”
He did get the passenger out, though. The victim complained of a headache and had no visible injuries, and denied medical treatment. Meanwhile, Gehring called RSPCA Cincinnati and was told they didn’t deal with snakes. “On their patch it says dog warden,” the sergeant explains.
The snake was left with the police: presumably, Gehring finally found the courage to get inside and capture it. It was reunited with its owner, the fleeing driver, later identified as Ira White. White told the cops that the snake was named Bam Bam.
“White was cited for driving under suspension, reckless operation and leaving the scene of an accident,” the report adds. No word on whether he got to take the snake home with him again, that heartless human.