Friday, February 08, 2008

Only in Maine...

I'm fairly certain my friend Melissa won't mind me republishing this little bit of Maine humah. Thanks for the giggle le'Mel.

4:51 PM - Sometimes I miss Maine
Category: News and Politics

Cross-dressing traffic hazard sought

By Portland Press Herald Staff Report
February 07, 2008 04:35 PM

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office is searching for a mustachioed man in women's underwear, a garter belt and black high-heel boots.

Over the past several months, the sheriff's office has received six reports that a motorist wearing that outfit has pulled in front of women drivers, jumped out of his vehicle and modeled his attire in the roadway. The woman have had to swerve to avoid him, said Sheriff Mark Dion.

"The behavior is not necessarily criminal in terms of dress, but the fact he's jumping out in roadways and apparently targeting females who are alone driving their cars seems to suggest to us we have to talk to him," Dion said.

The first report came in April on the Warren Road in Standish. The most recent incident was Sunday on the River Road in Standish. Similar episodes have been reported in Buxton.

Police at first suspected the display was a college prank, but it has continued and may be escalating. In Sunday's incident, the woman reported that the man passed her and abruptly cut her off before jumping out into the roadway. The woman was able to get a good look at the man and provide a police composite.

The man is apparently wearing a garter belt, thigh-high stockings and a camisole, in addition to the boots.

Authorities are describing the man, not surprisingly, as a "person of interest" and say he has been seen driving a black sedan and more recently, a red pickup, possibly a Toyota.

He is described as white, with brown hair and mustache, thin build, about 5 feet 11 inches tall and in his late 20s or early 30s.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 774-1444, Ext. 2112.

"The cross-dressing is definitely an item of curiosity, however if he were doing this in a pair of blue jeans and a T-shirt we would still want to talk to him," Dion said.