A drunk man in Belfast, Maine, was arrested for trespassing early Monday morning after being found trying to hide from police by merely placing a white blanket over his head and body.
Needless to say, his attempts at evading arrest didn’t work out the way he had planned.
Philip Dulude had been told to leave the Admiral Ocean Inn on Sunday night at around 9:30 p.m after he had been disturbing guests at the motel, Gray News reported.
Police allegedly removed him from the property and warned him that he would be arrested if he returned. But Dulude didn’t listen.
Just a few hours later, he came back to the property, apparently prompting guests to call the police. When officers arrived, they easily spotted someone unusual. It appeared to be a man sitting in a chair on a porch outside the motel with a white sheet draped over them.
Officers pulled the sheet back, and sure enough, there was Dulude.
“Here at Belfast Police Department, we have seen some crafty ways of hiding from the Police. This unfortunately is not one of them,” the department wrote on Facebook, according to multiple outlets. The post has since been removed for unknown reasons.
Police arrested Dulude for criminal trespass and violation of bail conditions.
Speaking with Insider, Belfast Police Sgt. Matthew Cook said Dulude was taken to jail and held overnight. He then pleaded guilty at a Tuesday morning arraignment and was returned to jail briefly before being released Wednesday at midnight.
Newsweek reported that Dulude’s failed attempt at evading arrest proved to be a source of much amusement on social media, with several commenters entering their quips into the comments section of the Belfast Police Department’s Facebook post.
“Looks like he was only one sheet to the wind,” one commenter reportedly joked.
Another called Dulude the “Not-so-Invisible Man.”
“Is this an episode of Scooby-Doo?” a person asked, while still another quipped that Dulude was “a whole 6 months early” for Halloween.
A particularly unimpressed commenter added: “Your average house cat does a better job of hiding, tail and all!”