Saturday, November 8, 2008

Can you hear me now?

Yes, we can.

Can you hear me now? My guess is that you can SEE me now, especially if my name is Andrew Arnold of Collin County, Texas. Mr. Arnold, according to cops, decided he liked the looks of a cell phone tower in small town of Lowry Crossing, stripped off his clothes and started climbing.

For reasons he has yet to explain to authorities, he spent seven hours in the buff on the cellphone tower. About 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said, Collin County sheriff's deputies approached Mr. Arnold after they'd gotten several calls about a man acting strangely. He ran away from the deputies.

Initially, witnesses said, Mr. Arnold was wearing only jeans. But by the time he jumped a fence and climbed 15 feet up the tower, officers said, he had disrobed entirely. Sheriff's Lt. John Norton said a negotiator was called to the scene, and Mr. Arnold finally agreed to descend shortly before midnight. He was charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and fleeing from police.