After Bolting From SUV, Pet Ape Stops Traffic

POSTED: 5:51 p.m. EDT October 20, 2003

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Things have quieted down in downtown Stamford.

Diaper-Wearing Chimp Shuts Down Intersection

Sunday night, a chimpanzee commandeered an intersection for a few hours.

Police say the 170-pound chimp shut down Tresser Boulevard for nearly two hours, playing in the street and refusing to get in police cars.

Police say the diaper-wearing chimp got away from his owners by bolted out of an SUV.

Despite the efforts of police, who arrived in more than a dozen cruisers, the chimp continued playing in the middle of the street, rolling on his back and occasionally charging officers.

At least once, police and the chimp's owners got him into the sport utility vehicle, but the chimp opened the car door and escaped again.

Finally, about 11:30 p.m., police succeeded in getting the chimp into its owners' car.

The owners sped away with their pet inside the SUV with about a dozen police cars following.

Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press.