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Police: Man fleeing crash scene found with monkey on his back

By
Ben Hooper
Police said this man returned to his crashed car to retrieve his pet monkey. Photo courtesy of the Burien Police Department
Police said this man returned to his crashed car to retrieve his pet monkey. Photo courtesy of the Burien Police Department

BURIEN, Wash., May 5 (UPI) -- Police in Washington state said a need for speed wasn't the only monkey on a fleeing suspect's back -- he also literally had a monkey on his back.

The Burien Police Department said the suspect was clocked driving 112 mph by a Washington State Trooper on SR 509 and the motorist lost control of the vehicle when he took an exit.

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The driver crashed his vehicle into a large rock in a resident's yard and allegedly started to flee the scene on foot before returning to the car for his pet monkey.

Police said the man and his "partner-in-crime" were found near the scene and both were taken into custody.

Police shared a photo of the man in the back of a police cruiser with the monkey clinging to his back.

"Once we determined the monkey was not the driver, we released him to a family member since he was only engaged in monkey business," Burien police said.

The man was charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

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