A Massachusetts man has been charged with third-offense drunken driving, failure to stop for police, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of property damage and disturbing the peace after police say he left his car, hid 30 feet up in a tree and “rambled on about being an owl.”
According to State Trooper Michael McCammon, he observed 37-year-old Troy Prockett driving extremely erratically and attempted to pull him over. After following Prockett’s Maxima in the breakdown lane for about three-quarters of a mile, Prockett stopped the vehicle and “jumped over the guard rail running down the embankment into the woods.”
After searching for about an hour, Prockett was found hiding in a tree. He reportedly asked police if they “had caught the guy who was driving and climbed higher in the tree.”
Prockett “continued speaking about what a good guy he was and rambling on about being an owl in a tree. He continually refused commands to climb down and instead climbed even higher, shaking the branches and saying, ‘Look it’s snowing.’”
After Northborough firefighters were called to the scene, McCammon went up with a firefighter in an aerial tower and arrested Prockett.
Prockett has previously been convicted of drunken driving in 2003 and again in 2005.