AMBERLEY VILLAGE, Ohio (FOX19) - Amberley Village police said they made a starting discovery inside a crashed car early Wednesday.
They found a 7-to-8-foot-long red-tailed boa constrictor named “Bam Bam."
It happened on Knoll Road about 2 a.m.
A police officer spotted a speeding vehicle and turned around to pull it over, but the vehicle crashed before he could, said Sgt. Brandon Gehring.
When officers approached the vehicle, the driver had fled, leaving behind a passenger - and a surprise slithering on the floorboard.
Gehring said he spotted a carrying bag, checked inside - and saw the snake.
“I jumped back, I can tell you that,” he recalled.. “It was in the car, so I shut the door.”
All officers are OK, he said.
The passenger complained of a headache but declined medical treatment, according to police.
Officers summoned SPCA Cincinnati, who responded but told police they don’t deal with snakes, Gehring noted: “On their patch it says dog warden.”
SPCA left the boa with police.
Gehring says they wound up finding the driver, Ira White, and released the snake to him.
He told police the snake is named “Bam Bam.”
Police say White was cited for driving under suspension, reckless operation and leaving the scene of an accident.