Drunk man who jumped in lake to avoid rescuers sent to trial

LEVITTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A district judge says a drunken-driving suspect who ran naked from a hospital and jumped into an eastern Pennsylvania lake must stand trial for disorderly conduct and other charges.

The defense attorney for 29-year-old Gregory Morten, of New Hope, 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 Core Creek Park in Middletown.

Morten was arrested June 6 because police say his blood-alcohol content was more than four times the legal limit after a car crash. He’s still awaiting a hearing on the drunken driving and related charges.

That’s when he ran from St. Mary Medical Center and jumped into the lake where he kept authorities at bay by swimming around, sometimes underwater, for about an hour.

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