Police: Man dressed as tree arrested for blocking traffic in Maine

Portland Police say they were called to the area of Congress and High Street on Monday, Oct. 24, with a report of a man dressed as a tree standing in the street. 

CBS affiliate WGME/Chaning Capuchino

Last Updated Oct 25, 2016 10:19 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine -- Police say they’ve arrested a man dressed as a tree for blocking traffic in Maine.

They say the man didn’t respond to officers when they warned him against obstructing traffic in a busy intersection in downtown Portland.

Video of the man being arrested after he blocked traffic again soon spread on social media.

The man was charged with obstructing the public way. Police removed the tree outfit and gave it to Public Works to take care of, CBS affiliate WGME reported

A friend of the man says he was trying to study the city’s traffic patterns.

The man appeared to be dressed as a pine tree or other type of evergreen.

Portland police hasn’t provided additional details.