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Man arrested after strange cell tower chase

James R. Smith (Source: Clermont County Jail) James R. Smith (Source: Clermont County Jail)

By Richard Todd email

STONELICK TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Police and telephone company workers are trying to figure out why a man climbed a cell tower, climbed down, ran away, then came back to the scene overnight.

The events started late Sunday night when a neighbor called Clermont County Dispatch and told them someone was climbing a cell tower on Haas Road. Witnesses say the climber made it to the top of the tower and started screaming.

Clermont County deputies arrived and found a man on the tower and ordered him down.  He did come down, but when he hit the ground, he took off running into the woods.  The deputies went after him and searched for a while, but didn't find him.

Around 1 a.m., another report was received that the subject has returned to the tower. Deputies responded and he was taken into custody without incident.

The suspect has been identified James R. Smith, 19. He is charged with Criminal Trespassing, Disorderly Conduct and Underage Consumption. He is being held in the Clermont County Jail.

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