Woman seen riding manatee turns self in

Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez says she didn't know it was against the law

Published On: Oct 03 2012 09:04:32 AM EDT
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -

The woman wanted by police for harassing and riding on a manatee at Fort De Soto Park has turned herself in.

Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez, 52, called the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office shortly after 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Deputies say she admitted to riding on the manatee. Gutierrez told deputies she's new to the area and didn't realize it was against the law to touch or harass the creature.

The sheriff's office says charges will be forwarded to the State Attorney's Office for prosecution.