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Copper theft suspect rescued from Dallas utility pole

A man suspected of trying to steal copper had to be rescued from an arcing utility pole Friday morning by the Dallas Fire-Rescue high angle rescue team, according to reports.

The incident occurred in the 800 block of Regal Row near Chancellor Row, according to KXAS Channel 5.

The rescue team reached the man before 6:20 a.m. and had him free after 6:45 a.m., the station reported.

Sgt. Richard Santiesteban of the Dallas Police Department, said the man was trying to steal copper wires from the pole when he hit the wrong wire, the station reported.

The man will be charged with criminal mischief for damaging the pole, said Senior Cpl. Janice Crowther, a police spokeswoman.

The man received quite a jolt -- 7,620 volts shoot through his body, perhaps twice, said DFD spokeswoman Sherrie Lopez. KXAS said the man had to be peeled or cut way because he had adhered to the metal.

The man's right leg was sitting on top of a transformer before he was freed and he appeared to be in pain as he talked with rescuers, the station reported.

The man is at Parkland Hospital with third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body, the station reported.

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