Tempe police and firefighters pulled a naked man out of Tempe Town Lake Wednesday after he eluded his rescuers for more than an hour. Police took an uncooperative Chris Brown, 38, to a hospital for an examination but there were no initial signs of serious injury, police spokesman Jeffrey Glover said.
Brown was first spotted in the lake about 11:15 a.m. and resisted efforts to retrieve him.
“He kept swimming laps away from the boats, as both the fire and police boats were trying to get him,” Glover said.
Brown took off his clothing – except for his socks – after he was in the water, Glover said. Once in the boat, Brown wouldn’t say anything except to utter expletives, Glover said.
Police found drug paraphernalia during the rescue and had reports he ran through traffic before going into the lake.
Brown faces charges of indecent exposure, failure to identify himself, defecating in public, obstructing a public thoroughfare, possessing drug paraphernalia and swimming in the lake.
There was some speculation Brown had jumped into the lake from the Metro light rail bridge, but Glover said witnesses could not confirm how he entered the water.
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