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A 43-year-old Arnold man was taken to the hospital for evaluation after he twice stripped off his clothes during an encounter with police on Richardson Road. Arnold Police were called to the area after the man allegedly caused a disturbance at the nearby Phillips 66 gas station, authorities reported.

At about 1:30 a.m. April 22, Arnold Police were called to the gas station, 1919 Richardson Road, after the man allegedly walked into the convenience store and started yelling at people. When the man left the store, he reportedly threw a cell phone into an ice cooler and said, “Now they can’t track me,” police reported.

An officer spotted the man walking along Richardson Road near I-55 and turned on his patrol vehicle lights and tried to stop the man. However, he continued to walk, so the officer blew his airhorn siren, and the man put his hands in the air but then started taking off his clothes. While fully nude, the man walked to the I-55 overpass, the report said.

Other officers arrived and the man eventually was stopped. Police said the man told them he was sick with the G5 virus and needed help. Police also said the man’s pupils were dilated, and he was acting erratically, according to the report.

The officers retrieved the man’s clothes, and he put them back on. A short time later, though, the man told the officers he was hot and again took off his clothes. When the officers tried to dress him, the man allegedly became aggressive, and officers physically restrained him and handcuffed him, the report said.

Rock Township Ambulance transported the man to Mercy Hospital South in St. Louis County, where he allegedly was combative with hospital personnel and had to be sedated, according to the report.

As of April 29, Arnold Police had not sought criminal charges against the man, Detective Lt. Jason Valentine said.