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Naked man tells officers he's making tree his home

Long told officers he was making the tree outside his residence his new home. Long told officers he was making the tree outside his residence his new home.
Authorities took him down from his perch, some 40 feet up the tree. (Source: Arab Police) Authorities took him down from his perch, some 40 feet up the tree. (Source: Arab Police)
ARAB, AL (WAFF) -

Police and fire crews in Arab were called to get a naked man out of a tree over the weekend. Police said the incident was drug-related, and the man had an interesting reason for being there.

After the incident, 40-year-old Michael Howard Long of Arab was charged with public lewdness and disorderly conduct. He was placed in the Arab City Jail Saturday morning.

Police said they received a call of a man more than 40 feet up a tree wearing no clothes. They responded to Long's home off Vivian Jarrett Circle around 5 a.m., with the fire department called in to assist.

Authorities said Long did not want to come down, so they used a bucket truck to cut some branches in an attempt to reach the man. Following an hour of negotiations, Long decided to take the ride safely to the ground, where he was arrested.

As for why the man was up there in the first place?

"Basically, all he would tell the officers was he was cleaning the tree up and was going to make it his home," said Assistant Police Chief Shane Washburn.

Long went before a municipal judge Monday, where he pleaded guilty to the public lewdness charge. The disorderly conduct charge was dismissed, and he was released from jail.

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