Jun 21, 2013 2:47 PM by NBC News

Routine traffic stop makes primate passenger go bananas

(KRIS) Aransas Pass police officer Keith Moore just joined the force three months ago. Extensive training has taught him to be vigilant pretty much 24/7.

But while Moore was writing someone a traffic ticket on Wednesday, something happened that the police academy did not prepare him for.

A monkey hiding in the back seat of the truck reached forward as the officer asked for a signature and attacked his hand.

And the camera attached to his glasses caught the whole thing.

"My sergeant thought I had initially got stung by a bee, but it wasn't. I ended up telling him when I was walking back that it was a monkey that came out of nowhere," said Moore.

Moore's his sergeant's reaction is probably just as priceless as the bizarre attack.

"His monkey attacked me!" you can hear Moore telling the other officer. "What?" he replied. "He's got a monkey and it attacked my hand. I'm not even kidding," Moore is heard saying.

The driver of the truck obviously wasn't pleased he was getting a speeding ticket but his pal in the back went absolutely bananas when he saw the citation. Minutes after the wild encounter, the rookie officer and his sergeant still couldn't believe what happened.

"A monkey? like a legitimate monkey?" the sergeant said. "Yeah like a legitimate monkey," Moore answered.

After a thorough investigation, we found that this is no Curious George. Despite its wild behavior, the animal is actually a professional. He makes appearances at carnivals and festivals posing for pictures with paying customers. Even though this celebrity is friendly most of the time, it left a mark on Officer Moore's hand and probably in his memory.

"I think this kind of starts the conversations," Moore said, "keeps the standards pretty high."

Officer Moore wasn't monkeying around; he gave the man a citation for speeding and went on with his day. One thing's for sure: he'll never forget that traffic stop.



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