Man arrested after trying to operate train while under the influence
Early Monday morning, Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office deputies received reports of a man trying to operate a train while under the influence.
The call came in just after 1 a.m. concerning a shirtless man who had "allegedly jumped on-board the back-up engine while in motion in vicinity of Cantara Loop," according to Sheriff Jon Lopey. Train crewmen feared for their safety and did not approach the suspect.
According to Lopey, the man tried to operate the train. Lopey says the man then tried to put it into emergency stop mode, while blowing the horn "at least 30 times."
Sheriff's Office deputies and Mt. Shasta Police, according to Lopey and Lt. Joe Restine from MSPD, detained the suspect, identified as Dylan Baldini, 26, of McCloud California, near Mott Road and Old Stage Road. After he was examined at a local hospital, Baldini was lodged at the Siskiyou County Jail for being under the influence in public, as well as for "trespassing on railroad property and interfering and hindering the safe and efficient operation of a locomotive, railway car, or train." The criminal violations are misdemeanors.
Lopey says his agency has notified Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Transportation of what happened.