Cops in Maine Arrest a Talking Tree

Asher Woodworth accused of impersonating an evergreen
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2016 9:02 AM CDT
Asher Woodworth, as he looks in human form.   (Cumberland County Sheriff's Office (Maine))

(Newser) – If Florida has its own special sauce of crime, then Maine might, too. Police in Portland arrested a man dressed as a tree on Monday, reports WMTW. More specifically, cops say Asher Woodworth, 30, covered himself in evergreen branches, walked into an intersection, and proceeded to block traffic. Responding officers escorted him to the sidewalk, gave him a warning, then arrested him when he walked right back into the intersection.

“His motivation was to see how people would react to what he called his ‘performance’ and how he might impact ‘people’s natural choreography,’” a police official tells the Portland Press Herald. You can watch video here. Woodworth is charged with obstructing a public way, but he's free after posting bail. If you're wondering what the going rate is on bail for tree impersonators: 60 bucks. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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