Jack Litsheim scales 400-foot crane while drunk

Categories: Weird Wisconsin

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A man on a mission.
What is it about alcohol that inspires us to climb really tall structures?

Jack Litsheim, a 51-year-old Wisconsin man, was knocking back a few at the Mr. Stix bar in La Crosse when a 400-foot crane in the parking lot started looking appealing. After roughly three beers and a couple rum and Cokes, the thing must have looked like destiny.

Shortly after midnight, someone called 911 after hearing Litsheim ascending the mammoth piece of construction equipment.

But when police and firefighters arrived, Litsheim wasn't ready to go home. In fact, he kept climbing as police attempted to talk him down. He climbed higher than the firefighters' ladders were able to reach and flipped off a light atop the crane designed to warn airplanes and helicopters of its presence.

Around 2:30 a.m., Litsheim decided it was time to call it quits. Maybe it was all the commotion he had started below. Maybe the booze was just wearing off (five drinks followed by two hours on a crane with no bathroom -- you do the math).

Police had to call in a crane operator to get Litsheim back on the ground, where he was promptly arrested. Litsheim was charged with three misdemeanors for the stunt: entry to a construction site, disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer. He blew a .09 blood-alcohol level upon his dismount.

WKBT has footage of the incident here.

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