Man with Monkey in Truck Charged With DUI

Man facing DUI and possession of wildlife charges after small monkey found in truck

By Brian Hamacher
|  Monday, May 7, 2012  |  Updated 5:29 AM CDT
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A monkey like the one pictured here was found in a man's truck during a Largo traffic stop.

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A Florida man is facing DUI charges after police pulled him over for speeding and discovered a money in his truck Thursday.

Eugene Carl Kotelman, 36, for Largo, was stopped around midnight in the area of East Bay Drive and Belcher Road, according to a Largo Police arrest affidavit.

Kotelman has bloodshot and glassy eyes, poor balance and his breath had a distinct alcohol smell, according to the report. He refused to perform field sobriety tests, the report said.

Police said Kotelman was driving on a suspended license and had been previously charged many times with driving on a suspended license and numerous times for DUI.

During the stop, officers noticed a "small monkey" in Kotelman's truck and it was given to Kotelman's friend. Kotelman was booked into the Pinellas County jail on $5,000 bond.

But after Kotelman bonded out of jail on the DUI charge, he was charged with possession of wildlife and two counts of violating fish and wildlife rules and booked into jail again.

The monkey was placed in the custody of state officers.

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