WESTMINSTER -- Police arrested a man Monday afternoon who they found sitting in his car by the side of the road with his pants down on the bitterly cold and stormy day, according to Police Chief Sam Albert.
"He was pulled over at the side of the road with his pants down around his ankles and smoking crack," Albert said.
Michael P. O'Rourke, 55, of 268 Central St., in Gardner, is charged with indecent exposure and possession of a Class B drug, Albert said.
Albert said the case is unusual for Westminster.
"That's a first time," he said about the incident.
Police got a call Monday afternoon from a driver who passed O'Rourke's car and saw he was not wearing pants.
Police went to Town Farm Road and found O'Rourke sitting in his parked car, Albert said. O'Rourke told police he has a substance-abuse problem, Albert said.
"He admitted he was a crack addict," Albert said.
There was a smoldering crack pipe in the car and eight more unopened baggies each with a crack rock on the car seat, according to Albert.
O'Rourke declined to explain to police why he had his pants pulled down, Albert said.
"He didn't want to talk about that," he said.
O'Rourke is being held on $2,000 cash bail following his arraignment in Gardner District Court, Albert said.
O'Rourke did not tell officers where he bought the crack or where he was going Monday afternoon, Albert said. He told police he spent $40 on crack on Monday, Albert said.
pants off? what kind of crack is he smoking?