Published: May 10, 2013 6:25 PM EDT

PINELLAS PARK, Florida (AP) - The man attacked by an alligator after fleeing police in Florida says he was in a fight for his life with the croc.
    
Twenty-year-old Bryan Zuniga told a local news station Friday that he was swimming and trying to hide when a 6- to 8-foot gator lunged at him.
    
Zuniga said he was nearly knocked unconscious when the gator's mouth hit his head. He fought back with both legs and the arm not caught between the crocodile's jaws.
    
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said Zuniga ran away and into a water treatment plant after being pulled over by deputies Thursday. He was later found at a hospital being treated for puncture wounds to the face, arm and armpit area.
    
He has been charged with fleeing police.

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