Man strips, falls into construction pit at Highmark Stadium

ECSO: The 29-year-old man was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time
Erie County Sheriff's Office team
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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - A 29-year-old man is in the hospital after stripping off his clothes, climbing over a fence and falling into a construction pit at the site of the new Highmark Stadium on Sunday in Orchard Park.

Undersheriff Bill Cooley says ECC security officers were flagged down by a concerned citizen to address a person that appeared to be in distress.

"When they approached him, he was naked and he was covered inhuman excrement. As they approached him, he began to run towards the excavated area where the new stadium's going," explained Cooley on Monday.

Security followed the man, and when he closed in on the fence that encompasses that area, he scaled the 10-foot fence and got to the other side, and then began running towards the excavated area, which Cooley explains was tiered.

As the man was running, he fell down and tumbled down to the first level.

"He got up and then began to run again, and then tumbled down, once again, to the bottom of the excavated area. At that point, the Erie County Sheriff's Office were alerted to the situation," Cooley said.

Air One was at the scene on Sunday, as was the Windom Volunteer Fire Company.

"When they first saw him, they were concerned with his welfare. They weren't sure of what his condition was, and as they began to descend down into the excavated area," Cooley explained. "Then he gets up, and he runs and then he falls down again. So at that point, they abandoned their idea to land down in there and directed deputies to that location."

Cooley adds deputies noticed he was in some medical distress.

"Our deputies, along with EMS and the volunteer firefighters, made a determination to send him to the hospital for evaluation," he said.

The man was originally transported to ECMC, and is currently hospitalized at Buffalo General Hospital, where his condition is unknown. He was given an appearance ticket from Orchard Park Police for criminal trespass.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office said the individual was under the influence of alcohol, LSD, cocaine and marijuana at the time of the incident.

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