Video released of customer throwing alligator through Wendy’s drive-thru

Surveillance video released Thursday shows a Florida man tossing a live alligator through a Wendy’s restaurant drive-thru window, providing new details on an incident that occurred in Palm Beach County last October.

In the video, Jupiter, Fla. resident Joshua James can be seen paying for his drink order around 1:30 AM, then, as the female cashier turns her back to the customer to get change, James is seen tossing a blurry object through the drive-thru window and quickly driving away. That object was a 3.5 foot alligator James later claimed to have found on the side of the road, according to Florida Fish Wildlife and Conservation officials.

The Wendy’s employee first appears to be smiling at the reptile but soon gets spooked and moves to the ledge of drive-thru window before hurling herself outside.

The surveillance footage from Wendy’s was provided to The Smoking Gun in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed with Florida prosecutors.

In February, James was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, illegal possession of an alligator and petty theft. After posting $6,000 bond, James was legally banned from all Wendy’s restaurants and is prohibited from contact with “any animals except current family dog.” He was also ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and to avoid possessing any weapons.

In February, James told WPTV that is he "sorry for what he did" and that he "was just being stupid and not thinking." He claims his "pranking" days are now over.

When asked why he decided to throw an alligator through the drive-thru window, James said, "We're just like outdoors kinda people and just anything we find we kinda just like catch - you know, snakes, lizards, anything. And we just saw an alligator and caught it and were handling it and like I said, ideas start popping and one thing lead to another."

James was scheduled to appear in court at the end of last month but an official with Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller's office told that his court date has been postponed until May.