The reason he's free? Police are still scratching their heads trying to figure out exactly how many crimes to charge him with.
According to a social media post from the Rock Community Fire District, the incident happened on the morning of July 24. KMOV reports the 30-year-old suspect was visiting a resident at the South Woods Mobile Home Park in Imperial when a neighbor spotted him just strolling down the street in his birthday suit.
"She sees a gentleman walking up the street," Gerald McCauley, a friend of the pickup truck owner, tells the station. "She sees his head and then she sees he's not wearing a shirt, and then she sees he's not wearing anything. And he said ‘good morning’ to her and just kept walking."
So far, so polite. Sure, the broad-daylight nudity might be of concern, but hey, we've all been there, right?
But then the bare-assed bandit came across a running pickup, according to officials from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, who say the owner of the vehicle had forgotten his cell phone and left the vehicle running in his driveway while he went inside to retrieve it.
Investigators say the nude man helped himself to the 1988 Chevy Silverado, driving it head-on into oncoming traffic on Highway 61/67 and clipping two other vehicles in the process.
One of the vehicles he struck swerved off the road and into a nearby resident's yard, KMOV reports. Ron Thompson says he was in his bathroom when he heard a loud boom. "I looked out the window and that's when I saw the car busting through the woods," Thompson tells the station.
The stolen truck reportedly went careening off the road as well, flipping through the air and landing upside-down in some trees and bushes. Thompson ran to the scene to help, where he found that the truck was ablaze, but the nude man had been thrown clear.
“I looked down and it was actually on fire and the guy was laying there with no clothes on," Thompson tells KMOV.
The unclothed driver had only made it about a half-mile from where he'd allegedly stolen the truck.
The man was taken to a nearby hospital to treat his injuries and subsequently set free while officers figure out what to charge him with. Which, yeah, OK, this one does probably require some consideration. Take your time.
We've reached out to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to ask if they've yet completed counting through the naked suspect's crimes. We will update this post if/when we hear back.
Units responded to a MVA this morning near the intersection of 61-67 and Autumn Oaks. One victim was ejected and the truck caught fire. The fire was quickly extinguished and RTAD cared for and transported the victim to a local hospital. -36 pic.twitter.com/Vo1ZBEnD6M— Rock Community Fire (@RockCommunityFD) July 24, 2019