Alleged streaker arrested after car crash, chase

Jose L. Monge, 35, of Springfield is accused of crashing his car into a tractor trailer, and then leading police in a nude chase through the Brightwood neighborhood of the city. Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – He was wearing a jacket and a pair of shorts when they caught him, but Springfield police say a man they arrested Wednesday afternoon had been running around the streets wearing only a pair of socks a short time before.

Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that Jose L. Monge, 35, of Springfield is being charged with indecent exposure and several other charges following Wednesday’s incident in the Brightwood neighborhood.

Delaney says that shortly before 1:00 P.M., Monge had been doing “donuts” in the middle of the intersection of West and Avocado Street, when he lost control of his car and hit a tractor trailer truck.

Witnesses told police Monge then got out of the car, and began taking off all of his clothes, except for a pair of socks. He then ran off down Plainfield Street, where Delaney says a police officer directing traffic spotted the naked man near the corner of Washburn Street (where Monge lives).

The officer chased after the suspect and called for backup. Police surrounded the area, and found Monge a short time later, clad in the jacket and shorts, along with a pair of socks.

According to Delaney, Monge told police that he had borrowed some painkillers from a neighbor for shoulder pain, and they made him act crazy.

In addition to the indecent exposure charge, Monge is also charged with operating under the influence of drugs, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and disorderly conduct. He is scheduled for arraignment Thursday in Springfield District Court.

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