February 24, 2006

Nude For Speed: Most Wanted

To paraphrase the Talking Heads:

You may find yourself living in Pawtucket and you may find yourself in another part of Rhode Island
and you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
and you may find yourself not wearing any shirt
not wearing any pants
And you may ask yourself: well…how did I get here?

(Apologies to David Byrne — I couldn’t resist)

Some bizarre goings-on in Providence yesterday, when a man doffed his clothes and then proceeded to go speeding down North Main street, naked. Unless you consider a car to be an article of clothing. Which most people do not.

A naked man drove a car wild and fast on North Main Street at noontime yesterday and wound up hitting a pickup truck stopped for a red light, the police said.

The naked man and the driver of the pickup and his dog were injured, and all three were admitted to hospitals.

Major Paul Fitzgerald, commander of the police Uniformed Division, identified the naked man as John Persico, 34, of 9 Beech St., Pawtucket, who suffered severe cuts on his legs and was admitted to Rhode Island Hospital, under guard.
Despite his injuries, Persico got out of his car and ran across the intersection in an attempt to get away, the police said. But he was tackled and arrested by Sgt. Paul Zienowicz. [warning: that link has sound]

That’s above and beyond the call of duty.

Posted by James at February 24, 2006 8:05 AM
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