The truck ride came to an end miles away on Hillwood Avenue near Larry Graves Park, the Falls Church Police Department said in a statement. The driver of the trash truck pulled over to make sure the raccoon was not harmed, caught the raccoon with the help of police, and they released it into the park.
“It was as gentle as it could be,” said Susan Finarelli, a spokeswoman for the city of Falls Church.
The animal didn’t appear to be sick, authorities said, and anyone who sees a raccoon trying to hitch a ride should contact police at 703-241-5053.
“We can confirm the raccoon is unharmed and was removed safely for all,” said Anna Wilkinson, a spokeswoman for American Disposal Services.