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Moose Photo-Op Ends With Arrest

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SPOKANE, Wash.- Spokane Police arrested a 33-year-old on charges of assault and possession of a controlled substance after he refused to step away from a moose and insisted on petting it and taking a photo.

The incident happened Sunday in Holy Cross Cemetery. A moose wandered into the cemetery in the morning, and a group of onlookers gathered as Fish and Wildlife Officers determined what to do with the 1,000 pound animal.

After officers cleared the initial crowd, police say three men entered the cemetery and approached the moose. Police say Joseph Patterson refused to step away from the moose, and when an officer approached him, he fled, blew smoke in her face, and yelled cuss words at her.

Patterson was arrested and charged with assault and possession of a controlled substance. He made his first appearance Monday and was released on bail.

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