Fugitive Spends 24 Hours Atop Electric Pole in Brazil

Fleeing the police can lead you to hide in quite unusual spaces. A fugitive in Brazil who was running from authorities found himself on top of an electric pole and ended up staying there for nearly 24 hours.

The 38-year-old convict was on the run after he violated his parole. Police in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, were ready to arrest him when the man made a run for it, climbing onto the roof of his house and from there scaling a 33-foot utility pole.

The convict stayed atop the pole for almost 24 hours, staying put from Friday until Saturday afternoon. He refused to come down but he eventually gave himself up and was brought to the hospital for medical checks before being taken into custody by the police.

The man, whose criminal record included armed robbery and theft charges, left around 380 people without power for the day. Utility company Cemig said in a statement the incident had forced it to cut power to clients in the area while the incident played out.