Oregon police find python during traffic stop

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A Eugene, Ore., police officer got an unnerving surprise as he held onto the arm of a young man briefly placed in handcuffs after a traffic stop - and felt something move under the man's jacket.

The 22-year-old University of Oregon student informed police it was his pet python.

Police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin says the nonvenomous snake was wrapped around the driver's torso. She estimates it was 4 to 6 feet long.

McLaughlin said the driver was cited Thursday night for offenses that included providing false information and driving with a suspended license, and was then released.

Officers returned his snake, which had been placed in a bag.