NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tourists in Times Square were treated to a free "show" on Tuesday when a man scaled a light pole, halting traffic for nearly two hours as police tried to coax him down.
The man, wearing an orange-red T-shirt, shorts and a baseball cap, clambered up a light pole at 44th Street and Seventh Avenue, the heart of Times Square, around mid-morning.
As onlookers watched, snapping pictures, he waved his arms, stood, shouted out to the crowd and finally sat down, swinging his legs. Witnesses said he seemed to be promoting a rap music CD.
After nearly two hours, during which helmeted police standing on a truck tried to reach him and coax him down, he descended a ladder they had put up, and was taken in police custody to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation.
Traffic resumed its slow crawl through the congested area a short time later.
Police said charges are pending.
(Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Jerry Norton)