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Man arrested after climbing up tree naked because it is his home

By Mason White 3:05 PM March 26, 2014
Michael Howard Long 

By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested, charged and convicted of public lewdness after climbing a tree naked, police in Alabama said.

Arab Police said that they arrested the man on Saturday morning, after being called to the man’s home by a concerned neighbor.

Police and firefighters said that they worked for an hour to get the man, who was high on drugs, to come down from the tree. When he finally did, 40-year-old Michael Howard Long was arrested and charged with public lewdness and disorderly conduct. He was booked into the Arab City Jail.

Long was near the top of the 40-foot tall tree when police arrived. Authorities said that they used a bucket truck to cut some branches in an attempt to reach the man. After an hour of negotiations, Long decided to make the trip safely to the ground.

Long told officers that he was cleaning the tree in order to prepare it as his new home. Long faced a judge on Monday, where he pleaded guilty to a charge of public lewdness. The disorderly conduct charge was dismissed and he was released from prison.