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Man arrested after firefighters rescue him from crane atop Orlando construction site

Jason Garrett Lacorte spotted by worker at Camden Lake Eola Apartments site

ORLANDO, Fla. – A 42-year-old man was arrested early Thursday after apparently spending the night in a crane atop an Orlando high-rise building that’s under construction, police said.

Jason Garrett Lacorte was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and trespassing in a construction site.

According to Orlando city officials, an employee at the Camden Lake Eola Apartments construction site on Church Street saw a man outside the cab area of a crane located on the top floor of the building, which is currently 11 stories tall. Officials said the man crawled inside the crane, which is 200-350 feet in the air, but it wasn’t safe for him to come down alone.

Orlando firefighters rescued the man, who was taken into custody, officials said.

“Firefighters climbed the building with help and assistance from the construction crews to get up to the base of the crane, and then they climbed up where they met the operator of the crane," Orlando Fire Department District Chief Felix Benitez said. “Firefighters secured him with a safety harness and escorted the gentleman down with a safety harness to the seventh floor, where the construction was and they brought him down from there.”

Benitez said it was a dangerous situation for Lacorte and firefighters.

“This is a fairly complex call," he said. “It all depends what is happening at the top. “Guys and the personnel are working in a very limited access space. (They were) probably anywhere between 200 and 350 feet in the air. If the individual is at all noncompliant, you’ve got a combative patient in a very small area in which we’re trying to protect ourselves as well as the individual.”

It appears the man had spent the night in the crane.

“This morning was cold and he was in shorts and a T-shirt," Benitez said.

Lacorte was cleared medically and taken to jail.


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