A California man was arrested after he tried to place an Amtrak train in “emergency stop mode” while intoxicated.
Around 1:18 a.m. Monday morning, Dylan Thomas Baldini of McCloud, allegedly jumped on the back-up engine of the moving train while under the influence and reportedly tried adjusting train-related control devices – even activated the train whistle multiple times.
He was later arrested for being under the influence in public, trespassing and interfering and hindering the safe and efficient operation of a train, according to a Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office press release. A local hospital examined him.
At the time of the incident, “the man was reportedly under the influence, was exhibiting hostility, and was not wearing a shirt,” the press release stated.
“We are grateful the prompt response from (Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office), (Mt. Shasta Police Department), and (California Highway Patrol) helped to mitigate what could have been a very dangerous outcome on a moving train, which obviously involved actions that potentially jeopardized the safety of passengers, crew, and others in the community,” Sheriff Jon Lopey said in a statement.
“This case is still under investigation and anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office 24-hour Dispatch Center at 530-841-2900,” he added.
USA TODAY has reached out to Amtrak for comment.