NAPLES, Fla. -

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper driving in North Naples hit an alligator that was crossing a road.

The incident happened about 3 a.m. Thursday on Immokalee Road.

The Naples Daily News reports Trooper Roberto Morales couldn't avoid hitting the gator, which ran off.

Morales wasn't injured, but his vehicle was damaged.

Morales says the gator was about 9 feet long.

The Collier County Sheriff's Office said they responded to at least three reports of a gator in the road late Wednesday and early Thursday.