Man runs from mental hospital, jumps into river

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities are looking in the Tennessee River at Chattanooga after a mental health patient jumped in and tried to swim across the stream.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, 36-year-old Waylon Farless was on a criminal hold at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Facility when he escaped early Wednesday. He was seen jumping into the river and trying to swim across it. Witnesses said Farless was about halfway across when he shouted for help and went under.

Farless was an inmate of DeKalb County. He was described as weighing 156 pounds, standing 5-foot-9 and wearing gray shorts and a black T-shirt.


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