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POLICE: Louisville Fire called to remove man from billboard

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Clayton Schooler (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Clayton Schooler (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Andrew Schmitz (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Andrew Schmitz (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they had to call the fire department to get one man down from a billboard.

According to an arrest report, it happened just after 1 a.m. Monday at Bearno's Pizza on Taylorsville Road, across the street from Bowman Field.

Police say they were called to the scene after officers received a report of suspicious people in the area. A witness told dispatchers that two white males had climbed to the roof of Bearno's Pizza and, from there, climbed onto an adjacent 40-foot-tall billboard.

When officers arrived, they initially couldn't find anyone there, but after looking around, they allegedly found 19-year-old Andrew J. Schmitz and 19-year-old Clayton T. Schooler.

Police say Schmitz was prone on the billboard platform in an attempt to hide, and Schooler was also hiding.

The Louisville Fire Department had to be called in order to assist Schmitz in getting down, according to the arrest report.

Officers also climbed to the top of the billboard in order to ensure that no one else was there, a necessary act they say caused a risk of physical injury.

Police say Schooler was unsteady on his feet, had bloodshot eyes and smelled strongly of alcohol, while Schmitz had a strong smell of marijuana.

Schooler was arrested and charged with alcohol intoxication and criminal trespassing. Schmitz was arrested and charged with public intoxication, criminal trespassing and wanton endangerment, according to the arrest report.

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