Photos: Naked man jumps into Tempe Town Lake, refuses to be rescued

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on June 20, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 20 at 4:58 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Police and fire crews spent more than an hour trying to get a naked man out of Tempe Town Lake on Wednesday.

According to officials, a man in his 20s got on the Light Rail line and jumped off the railroad bridge that goes over the lake at about 11:15 a.m.

Police said there was drug paraphernalia nearby.

Police and fire personnel on boats tried to reach out to him, but that didn't work. They then tried to bring him in using a life preserver and a long pole, which looks similar to what a dog catcher uses, but he avoided them a number of times.

The man went under the water, between boats and under buoys to avoid capture.

Finally, rescue divers who were harnessed to a boat got in the water and grabbed the man at about 12:25 p.m. He was pulled onto a boat and taken to shore.

The man has been identified as Chris Brown, 38. He was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

There is no word on why he decided to go for a swim, but it is against city code to swim in the lake.

Police said the man is facing charges of indecent exposure, failure to identify, obstruction of a public thoroughfare, defecating in public, possession of drug paraphernalia, and use of water for swimming.

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