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Tempe divers capture elusive naked swimmer

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A naked man was captured while swimming in Tempe Town Lake on Wednesday. A naked man was captured while swimming in Tempe Town Lake on Wednesday.
Tempe firefighters jump into the lake to subdue the elusive swimmer. Tempe firefighters jump into the lake to subdue the elusive swimmer.
TEMPE, AZ (CBS5) -

A naked swimmer played a game of cat-and-mouse with law enforcement officials on Tempe Town Lake for more than an hour Wednesday before divers from the Tempe Fire Department jumped in and captured him.

Jeffrey Glover of the Tempe Police Department said Chris Brown, 38, appeared to be impaired and jumped into the lake from one of two bridges spanning the man-made lake on the Salt River just before 11:15 a.m. He was dragged onto a police boat just before 12:30 p.m.

Glover emphasized Brown jumped into the water on his own accord.

Brown was able to elude police for at least 45 minutes and actually crossed under a string of buoys leading to the rubberized dam on the west end of the lake.

Rescue officials said that because the man was impaired and combative, their strategy was to stay close and wait for him to fatigue a bit before going in after him.

Police disconnected the buoys and followed him, where he was eventually subdued after a struggle with officers and firefighters.

News helicopter footage showed Brown purposely eluding capture by two boats carrying officers trying to pull him from the water.

Police said Brown was showing no signs of distress and did not ask to be pulled from the lake.

Brown faces a number of charges, including indecent exposure and possessing drug paraphernalia. Officers said they found hypodermic needles near his clothing.

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