Video: Man taunts police while dangling from crane

A man taunts police while dangling from crane in Autralia. (7 News via CNN)

BRISBANE, Aust. – A man who scaled a crane on a construction site in Brisbane, Australia has been released from custody after going to great heights to evade police.

The 21-year-old man dangled in the air for almost seven hours before his dramatic arrest.

It all began with a night out on the town that ended high above it.

As other weekend revelers were climbing into bed this man, decided to climb something less comfortable.

Dangling in the sky, swinging from side to side, the man showed no fear, even hanging upside down by his legs..

“Very dangerous behavior, there’s no question.”

Using parts of the frame like monkey bars, the man terrified residents who squeamishly watched fearing he would fall.

“It was pretty much OMG there’s a dude up on the top of the crane swinging by one arm,” said one bystander.

Police say the man was out with friends when he became separated from the group around 1 a.m.

Somehow he ended up-up on top of the crane, abusing police and behaving erratically.

For hours, under searing sun, he sat perched in this spot, refusing to comply with negotiators.

“It’s difficult to foresee how the subject’s going to behave, so there is an element of danger,” said one police officer

Specialized police were sent up, so the man eventually decided to come down, sliding along the crane’s cables.

After more than six-and-one-half hours of evading police he landed in their hands, putting up one last fight, as he resisted arrest before being carted off the construction site.

The ma spent the afternoon under police guard while he was assessed and monitored by staff here at a hospital.

Police say his motive, remains unclear, and he’s now facing several charges, including the possession of dangerous drugs.

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