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Springfield Police: Naked Man Runs Past Officer on Traffic Detail

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Police say a city man was involved in an accident, then took off his clothes and took off running from the scene.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that it all began Wednesday afternoon near the intersection of West Street and Avocado Street.

Witnesses told police that they saw a man driving a car and doing ‘donuts’ in the intersection, when he reportedly lost control of the car and smashed into a tractor trailer.

Delaney adds that witnesses then “watched as the driver got out of the car, run around the intersection and take off all his clothes and shoes but leaving on his socks.”

The man then took off down Plainfield Street, and ran past Officer Derek Cook, who was directing traffic near the intersection of Washburn and Plainfield Streets.

Cook, who was off-duty at the time, saw that the man was only wearing a pair of socks and ran after him and radioed for assistance.

“The streaker was spotted a few moments later by officers in the area wearing only a pair of shorts, a light jacket and the same pair of socks,” Delaney says, adding that 35-year-old Jose Monge of Springfield was arrested and taken into custody.

Monge allegedly told investigators that he had borrowed some pain killers from his neighbor for some shoulder pain, and those pills reportedly “made him act crazy,” Delaney explains.

Monge is facing charges of disorderly conduct, indecent exposure, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a property-damage accident, and operating under the influence of drugs.

Arraignment is scheduled for Thursday in Springfield District Court.

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