A snake that looked like a two-foot long copperhead was spotted in a hallway at the Alexandria Courthouse, causing the clearing of the courtroom.
A deputy tried to trap the snake under a box in a hallway, but the snake escaped to a boiler room and made its way into a pipe.
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Nearby, a teen in a juvenile holding cell was unaware of the snake's presence in the building, News4's Kimberly Suiters reported.
Animal control investigated, but the snake remains at large.