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Man says he climbed tree to escape pack of pumas, is arrested for alleged drunkenness

February 8, 2011 | 12:34 pm

A drunk man who said he was being chased Tuesday morning by a pack of pumas climbed a tree in South Pasadena to escape them and got stuck, police said.

The pumas, it turns out, were imaginary, police said.

South Pasadena officers received a call shortly after 3:30 a.m. of a man being stuck in a tree in the 200 block of St. Albans Avenue.

The 41-year-old man, whose name was unavailable, was found about 20 feet up in the tree, said Sgt. Brian Solinsky. As firefighters set up a ladder to rescue him, he climbed down on his own.

The man was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public, booked into jail and released several hours later with a citation to appear in court at a later date, Solinsky said. Police said the man had no prior criminal record.

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