A Tennessee man told police that he was just try to hide the fact that he was naked when he stole a piece of construction equipment, busted through a chain-link fence and attempted to drive it home.


The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that 19-year-old Joseph Michael Hall was arrested early Sunday morning when deputies caught him driving a Bobcat down Maynardville Highway.

"Mr. Hall stated that he was drunk and that he was trying to hide his nudity by taking the Bobcat," an arrest warrant obtained by the paper stated.

A 911 caller had informed deputies that someone had stolen the Bobcat from Out on a Limb Nursery by driving through a chain-link fence. Hall had made it less than a mile when he was stopped. He was only a few blocks from his residence at the time.

Hall was booked on charges of felony theft, public intoxication, underage consumption, misdemeanor vandalism and indecent exposure. He has previously convicted for DUI and assault.

Hall was being held at the Knox County Detention Facility on Sunday in lieu of $6,250 bond.

[Photo: Knox County Detention Facility]