Police believed methamphetamine was a factor in a woman's decision to climb a crane downtown well above the heights of most Winnipeg buildings.

On Wednesday afternoon, a 50-year-old woman gained access to and climbed a construction crane in downtown Winnipeg. 

At 3 p.m. when the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) and Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) arrived at the scene near Graham Avenue and Kennedy Street, they asked the woman to climb down. She did not comply.

"It appears that methamphetamine use was likely an underlying factor in her decision to climb the crane," the WPS says in a statement.

The woman was eventually convinced to climb down to a lower level, where the WFPS rescued her. 

The 50-year-old was then transported to the hospital in stable condition where she was later cleared. She has since been released from the hospital.

She is being charged with Public Mischief and an outstanding Arrest Warrant and was given an Appearance Notice.