Traffic-Stopper: Naked Man Dances on Billboard

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    Dallas Fire Rescue had to stop traffic and bring a naked man down from a billboard along John Carpenter Freeway.

    Traffic came to a standstill along a Dallas freeway Friday afternoon because of -- wait for it -- a naked man.

    Yes, naked. And dancing.

    The unidentified man had climbed his way up and in between two billboards in the 7800 block of the John Carpenter Freeway.

    Nekkid Billboard Boogie

    [DFW] Nekkid Billboard Boogie
    Dallas Fire Rescue had to stop traffic and bring a naked man down from a billboard along John Carpenter Freeway.

    "He was there for everyone to see, and he wasn't shy about it," Dallas police Senior Cpl. Kevin Janse said. "That's why we wanted to get him down as quick as possible."

    The man danced his way up and down the billboard while officers tried to coax him down to safety.

    Man Clad in Nothing But Smile Dances on Billboard

    [DFW] Man Clad in Nothing But Smile Dances on Billboard
    Traffic came to a standstill along a Dallas freeway because of man dancing in the nude.

    Police said the man appeared to be under the influence of something.

    "Obviously, he wasn't in his right mind," Janse said. "No human being is going to climb a billboard naked and prance around and conduct an orchestra like he was doing."

    (Insert "Vogue" by Madonna as you watch the video of the man dancing for added effect.)

    Officers first tried using a public address system to try and get the man down. Then they tried a more direct approach with a Dallas Fire-Rescue ladder truck.

    "This was a high billboard," Janse said. "We had to get a large ladder truck. (We) sent two firefighters and an officer up the ladder, and there wasn't a whole to grab onto, so this was a danger to our suspect and the three individuals that were on there with him."

    After a few more minutes of getting down, the still-naked man boogied his way down the ladder truck.

    "Luckily, everything came out all right," Lt. Daniel Gallegos said. "He walked down on his own accord. We got him in custody, and we will take care of it."

    Officers, fire crews and those watching had a hard time keeping a straight face during the whole ordeal.

    "It could be considered humorous, but also very dangerous real quick," Gallegos said.

    Once the naked man reached solid ground, officers put a blanket around him. He was taken to Parkland Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

    NBC DFW's Ellen Goldberg contributed to this report.