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Naked gospel singer in middle of Aspen road arrested

A soaking wet, naked man who was singing gospel songs and standing in the middle of Original Street during rush hour Tuesday was arrested and charged with indecent exposure, according to a police report.

Brandon Tidrow, 30, of Aspen admitted to taking off his clothes earlier while playing in the Roaring Fork River at Herron Park, which was full of adults and children, prompting several park patrons to leave, according to a police report.

"Tidrow took his clothes off because he felt comfortable in his skin," Aspen police Officer Mark Anderson wrote in the report. "Tidrow said that he was not under the influence of drugs."

Emergency dispatchers first received a call about Tidrow at Herron Park at 5:07 p.m., the report states. A subsequent call reported him walking naked up Neale Avenue toward Original Road.

When three officers arrived on scene, they found Tidrow walking completely naked in the middle of Original Road at the intersection with Hyman Avenue, where he was impeding bumper-to-bumper traffic, the report states.

"Upon contacting Tidrow, he was very wet and had his hands held up in the air, palms toward the sky," Anderson wrote in the report. "Tidrow's eyes were closed and he was singing gospel songs."

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Tidrow struggled as the officers attempted to place him in handcuffs, though it did not stop his behavior, the report states.

"Tidrow continued to sing and say prayers," according to Anderson's report. "Tidrow began to recite the 'Our Father.'"

Officers covered Tidrow with a blanket and transported him to Aspen Valley Hospital for medical attention and an evaluation with a mental-health professional, the report states. They also brought his wet shorts, shirt, shoes, socks and sunglasses they found at Herron Park to the hospital.

The police report indicates he was later released from AVH, though what happened to him next was redacted from the report.

jauslander@aspentimes.com