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Drunk US man who jumped in lake sent to trial

24 July 2015, 17:01

Pennyslavania - A U.S. judge said a drunken-driving suspect who ran naked from a hospital and jumped into a lake in Pennsylvania must stand trial for disorderly conduct and other charges.

The defense attorney for 29-year-old Gregory Morten argued Thursday that his client was so drunk and mentally disturbed that he couldn't think clearly and didn't intend to disturb the public or endanger rangers at a park.

Also read: Drunk man at concert hit 4 people with SUV

Morten was arrested June 6 because police say his blood-alcohol content was more than four times the legal limit after a car crash.

That's when he ran from a medical center and jumped into the lake where he kept authorities at bay by swimming around, sometimes underwater, for about an hour.

He's still awaiting a hearing on the drunken driving and related charges.

- AP


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