Man arrested after allegedly exposing himself to drivers during rush hour traffic

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A man has landed himself behind bars after allegedly yelling at cars and exposing himself to traffic. It happened during evening rush hour on Tuesday at the intersection of NW 23rd and Sante Fe.

“The call stated that there was a man running in and out of traffic,” said MSgt. Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

The man, 39-year-old Phillip Jerome McDaniel, was also yelling at cars, according to police.

Then, things escalated even further.

“As an officer arrived, the officer parked and got out of his vehicle to approach the suspect,” Knight said. “At that point, for whatever reason, the man decided to pull his pants down exposing himself not only to the officer but to all of the cars and traffic.”

According to a police report, McDaniel was “sweating profusely” and refused commands from officers to pull up his pants. He also continued to yell and was “speaking nonsense,” according to the report.

“He continued to try to wander in and out of traffic, exposing himself to all of the drivers out there,” Knight said.

Once officers were able to get McDaniel in custody, while they were trying to cover him up, he allegedly continued to scream and kick his feet, which made it difficult for them to get his pants up. Eventually, they were successful and he was ultimately booked into jail for indecent exposure.

Officers also learned McDaniel had an outstanding warrant for public drunkenness.

“That type of behavior is often indicative of somebody who has used drugs. It’s very hard to know in this particular case, but he was certainly exhibiting very odd behavior,” Knight said.

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