Woman evaluated after naked climb up flagpole

The Associated Press /

PORTLAND — Police said they have sent a 34-year-old woman to a hospital for a mental evaluation after she made a naked climb on a flagpole on the roof of a downtown Portland office building.

Police said she stripped about midnight Wednesday, hauled down the flag and then wrapped herself in it, brandishing a lighter and fire extinguisher.

Then, officers said, she began throwing construction glue from the building, listed as having 12 floors. Several vehicles were damaged.

Officers said she appeared to be in a mental health crisis and may have been taking drugs.

Fire officials don’t think the woman was involved in a rooftop fire at the nearby 15-story Yeon Building, which broke out about the same time. Firefighters contained the fire in about 20 minutes.