Salem police said the snake, which was at least 5 feet in length, was spotted crossing a road around 2:30 p.m. Monday and they were called to the scene by a passerby who threw a cloth over the animal and carried it to an outside wall of the nearby Spirit Life Fellowship Church, Today's Sunbeam, Salem, reported Tuesday.
Police said the snake was in a coiled position when Police Chief John Pelura III arrived on the scene and grabbed the reptile with a gloved hand as a helper pinned the snake's head down with a broom.
The snake wrapped itself around the chief's wrists and allowed itself to be carried to a semi-wooded area behind the church, where it was released.
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