Man Strips Naked, Jumps Into Bass Pro Aquarium and Knocks Himself Out
A man was taken into custody and sent to the hospital for mental health treatment after he jumped naked into the giant aquarium at the Bass Pro Shop in Alabama.
Police Chief Paul Irwin said the incident happened about near closing time.
The 42-year-old man was reported to be acting erratically and drove a vehicle into a pole in the store parking lot.
After the crash, he got out of his vehicle, took off his clothes, ran into the Bass Pro Shop and jumped into the aquarium.
Video taken by bystanders showed the man doing a cannonball into the aquarium and later stand under a waterfall.
Two police officers walked up the stairs toward him, but the man yelled something and dove into the water. He continued to shout at the officers before climbing over the side of the aquarium and dropped to the concrete floor below, appearing to have been knocked out by the fall.
Officers handcuffed the man, who woke back up and began to try to struggle. Someone covered the man with a blanket as he was removed from the store.
Irwin said the man was only in the water for about five minutes before officers arrived.
He was taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation and booked into the St. Clair County Jail.
According to jail records, George Owens, of Sterrett, is charged with public lewdness, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, assault on a police officer, two counts of first-degree criminal mischief and two counts of reckless endangerment.
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