Transit Police report that when officers caught up with William Mitchell, 36, traipsing inbound along the Worcester Line tracks in West Newton shortly after noon yesterday, they asked him what the hell he thought he was doing.
"It's a free country, I can walk where I want to walk," he reportedly replied. Officers then gave him a ride to Transit Police headquarters, where he could exercise that right in a somewhat smaller space. Officers also signaled train dispatchers, who had held up train service along the line to avoid hitting Mitchell.
While booking him for trespassing, police say, officers discovered there was a warrant out for his arrest in Boston for breaking and entering in the night time and possession of burglarious tools.