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A drunk sparked a massive city-wide power blackout after he fled a police station in central India climbing 40ft up an electricity pylon and refusing to come down.

Pie-eyed trucker Chandrakant Kol, 35, had been arrested by police in Pune and ordered to sit outside the police station until he sobered up.

But he fled and shinned up a pylon forcing electricity official to shut down the whole grid.

Kol kept police and firefighters at bay for nine hours while he accepted food and cigarettes sent up on a rope.

He was finally lured down the next morning when police offered him a bottle of beer as a hair of the dog for his massive hangover.

"We brought him down safely but he can't remember why he went up there or why he was drunk," said local fire department chief Rajaram Kedari.

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