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Man talked down from utility pole

A man stands precariously close to power lines after scaling a pole in Makawao on Tuesday morning. The incident closed Makawao Avenue to traffic and forced Hawaiian Electric crews to turn off power to a section of town. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

The Maui News

A man who appeared to be upset while standing on the top of a utility pole on Makawao Avenue was brought down to safety Tuesday morning, after a portion of the road was closed and power lines were deenergized, police said.

The man, later identified as Tyler Stout, 33, of Haiku was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and violating public health emergency rules. His bail was set at $3,000.

Upcountry police officers were sent to the area of 1100 Makawao Ave. at 6:46 a.m. to investigate reports of the man standing on top of the utility pole. When officers arrived, Stout was on the very top of the pole and “appeared upset, yelling and rambling about various topics, such as the airport being closed and legal injustice,” police said.

Police temporarily closed Makawao Avenue between Baldwin Avenue and Maha Road. Hawaiian Electric was contacted and deenergeized power lines, police said.

Lifted in a Hawaiian Electric truck bucket, police convince a man to safely come down off a Makawao power pole Tuesday morning along Makawao Avenue. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Patrol officers spoke to and gained rapport with Stout while trying to have him climb down, police said. Soon after, several police negotiators arrived on scene and also spoke with Stout.

At 8:33 a.m., with help from Hawaiian Electric, Stout was brought down to safety, police said.

The utility used a boom truck with a bucket to bring down the man, said a woman who had been filling her car with gas at Minit Stop when the events unfolded.

Since April 1, police have arrested about 50 people for violating public health emergency rules during the COVID-19 crisis. Police reported issuing 916 citations for violations since March 20.

Tyler Stout of Haiku climbed up the utility pole at about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday and was brought down about two hours later by police and Hawaiian Electric crews. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and violating public health emergency rules. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

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