Man strips at roadside and slows traffic


A 24-year-old Silver Spring man with a history of mental illness got out of his car yesterday afternoon in the middle of traffic and removed his clothes along the side of a road in West Columbia, Howard County police said.

The spectacle slowed traffic near Hickory Ridge Road and Cedar Lane in Harper's Choice Village as drivers gawked at the nude man as he threw items from his car.

Sgt. Steve Keller, a Howard County police spokesman, said officers calmed the man and took him to Howard County General Hospital. He was admitted after a psychiatric evaluation, police said.

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