“A man has been charged following a bizarre incident involving shoplifting, assault using a car, and a duck, whose name was Mr Peepers.
Following the incident, in which two people were hurt but the duck emerged unscathed, Kenneth Blaine Quinlan, 35, of Seattle, has been charged with two counts of third-degree assault, one count each of vehicular assault, and one count of hit-and-run.
The incident began when Quinlan, dropped his girlfriend off at a Petco pet shop, along with her pet duck. While his girlfriend and Mr Peepers went into the pet store, Mr Quinlan went into a nearby shop.
It was there that a security guard claimed to see him attempting to shoplift a set of iPod speakers. A scuffle ensued between Quinlan and the guard, which resulted in Quinlan running into the pet store to get the car keys from his girlfriend.
Having retrieved the keys, Quinlan tried to escape in his car. Unfortunately, it was at this point that Mr Quinlan’s girlfriend walked out of the pet store with her duck.
Confused about what was going on, she tried to stop him, and was knocked over by an open car door as he reversed. This caused her to drop the duck.
This left Mr Peepers directly in the path of the car.
A Petco store employee, seeing a duck in grave danger, rushed to his aid. Flinging herself at the duck, she managed to save him from the onrushing car, but got run over herself in the process.
Quinlan then drove off, only to hit another car a short way down the road.
The heroic pet store employee suffered broken bones in her foot and ankle, while Quinlan’s girlfriend and the security guard received non-serious injuries. Mr Peepers emerged from the affair without any damage.
Quinlan is now being held in Snohomish County Jail.”
Hilarious,isn’t it ? Mr Quinlan’s journey from the i-pod shop,to the pet shop,to the car and on to the road hitting another car and finally to the Snohomish County Jail is very eventful but the real amusement comes from Mr Peepers emerging from the whole incident unscathed. Sounds like a paragraph from Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Papers !