updated 8/18/2011 2:04:46 PM ET 2011-08-18T18:04:46

Police say a Pennsylvania man picked up more than he bargained for at a yard sale.

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Duncansville police Chief James Ott tells the Altoona Mirror that a small snake bit Donald Forshey on the leg Wednesday as he and his girlfriend were driving home from a yard sale.

Ott says the snake likely slithered into a milk crate containing items the couple had purchased.

The pair bailed out of the car on Interstate 99 and called 911. A state trooper was unable to help them find the snake, which Forshey tried to pin to the floor with a crutch he uses.

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An ambulance was called as a precaution, but Forshey is OK.

Authorities believe it was either a garter snake or a copperhead that didn't inject any venom when it struck.

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