A pedi cab driver was discovered unconscious with a snake around his neck in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter Tuesday.
Travis Elsner-Young, 27, was arrested by San Diego Police at 5th and J, accused of riding a bicycle under the influence.
Officers said they found Young intoxicated and passed out on the ground just after 1:30 a.m. As they approached him, Young climbed onto his pedi cab and tried to cycle away backward, police say.
SDPD contacted San Diego County Animal Services who said the 18-inch snake was not in good condition.
The ball python was taken to an emergency veterinarian to be treated for starvation, dehydration and anemia, Animal Services says. The reptile will stay in the hospital until further notice.
Ball pythons are common pets available for purchase at many pet stores. Their bite often produces superficial wounds.