A man who was brought down after climbing to the top of a light pole near the Magnificent Mile Saturday morning was at it again Sunday, this time about a mile west near the river, officials said.
The man, 38, climbed atop a traffic light about 25 feet above the ground about 9:30 a.m. today at Ontario Street and Kingsbury Street in the River North neighborhood, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.
Fire and police crews were dispatched to the scene, according to Chicago Fire Department commander Sean Flynn, and within minutes, a hydraulic lift like a cherry-picker was used to get the man down. Mirabelli said he was then taken into custody and was charged with reckless conduct, a misdemeanor.
About 10:45 a.m. Saturday, the man had climbed a light pole at St. Clair Street and Erie Street in the Gold Coast neighborhood. He was plucked from the pole in much the same way as he was Sunday, but Flynn said it took about 40 minutes because they had to feed the man some orange juice and bread from a nearby eatery before he would consent to entering the basket.
Once he was on the ground, a fire department ambulance took him to nearby Northwestern Memorial Hospital for evaluation. He apparently was released sometime thereafter.
Flynn said the man removes his shoes and shimmies his way quickly up the light pole before apparently becoming stymied once he gets to the top. Officials report that the man is a "frequent climber" according to Flynn, who can't give any specific reason for the man's actions.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun