Wow. If you click on the photo at the site, you can see that the jumper cable is still hooked up. VROOM.
BRANCH, Ark. -- A neighbor who lives along South Hopkins Road in Branch called 911 Friday night when a man fell from a power pole near her home. Franklin County deputies said Roy Achterberg may have been trying to steal electricity from the power pole to run to his nearby home. Achterberg placed a metal ladder on the pole and tried to siphon the electricity with jumper cables. Achterberg was electrocuted and fell to the ground. Family members said he broke his back, neck, pelvis and his organs were hardened from the electricity, leaving him in critical condition.
There was someone at least as stupid as this guy in Pensacola a few years ago; he and a buddy got into a fenced-in electrical substation a few miles from me and tried to steal copper cables from energized equipment.
The guy's freaking fingerprints were melted into the paint on that transformer. But he survived and bailed out of town. Cops caught up with him a few months later.