Annapolis Mayor Joshua Cohen filed a police complaint Tuesday after catching a 68-year-old man, pants at his ankles, urinating off the third floor parking deck of a garage behind City Hall.

"If it would have been three in the morning, I might have looked the other way," Cohen said. "But it was three in the afternoon, in broad daylight."

The man told the mayor he was "following the call of the wild" when confronted mid-stream and then cursed at Cohen's recommendation of using public restrooms nearby, according to the police report.

The man, Richard H. Vermillion of Annapolis, tried to leave the parking garage in a white Cadillac, but Cohen asked the parking lot attendant to keep the gate closed until police arrived.

When questioned by police, Vermillion denied urinating from the parking deck to the mulch several stories below.

"If I had to follow the call the wild, I would tell you," Vermillion told police, according to the report.

Vermillion was charged with urinating in public. He could not be reached for comment.

Cohen said he hopes prosecutors pursue the charges, and he's happy to testify in court. The episode disrupted the mayor's work.

"When your schedule is packed, a 30-minute police encounter can really mess up your day," Cohen said.

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