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Naked mental patient eludes police

From staff reports

LAWRENCEVILLE- A naked mental patient eluded Gwinnett and Lawrenceville police for almost two hours Thursday evening after he ran away from Gwinnett Medical Center, authorities said.

The man raced through the tall grass, woods, kudzu and apartment parking lots where Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Ga. Highway 120 and Ga. Highway 316 converge.

Using a helicopter and canines, authorities said they cornered the man near an abandoned house on Ga. Highway 120 by Carnett's car wash but did not catch him. The spectacle of nearly a half a dozen police cars and a helicopter drew a crowd in a nearby Publix parking lot.

Police called off the search about 9 p.m.