Deputies say Salem man hospitalized after he ran from car crash, was found naked in river

A medical helicopter takes a man to the hospital after the Utah County Sheriff's Office said he was found naked in a river after running from police in Hobble Creek Canyon.

A medical helicopter takes a man to the hospital after the Utah County Sheriff's Office said he was found naked in a river after running from police in Hobble Creek Canyon. (Utah County Sheriff's Office)


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SPRINGVILLE — A man is in the hospital after crashing his vehicle, running from police and being found naked in a river up Hobble Creek Canyon on Friday, the Utah County Sheriff's Office said.

A 43-year-old Salem man crashed his car nine miles up the canyon after he fled from a Utah County sheriff's deputy, police said. Five deputies, including a K-9, tracked the man in deep snow for two hours, for nearly four miles, and eventually found him naked in a river, the sheriff's office said.

The man taken out of the river at around 6:30 p.m, and had "significant abrasions," severe hypothermia and had lost consciousness, police said. He was carried to an off-highway vehicle that took him to a medical helicopter.

Officials have not released the name of the man, and say that more details will come later.

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