Naked runner finally caught

Sunday, January 30, 2005

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The naked jogger has met his fate: a year in jail and a $1,000 fine for running around the neighborhood without his shorts.

Fate Patterson, 39, of West Memphis, Ark., was convicted Wednesday of indecent exposure, fleeing and resisting arrest. Municipal Court Judge William P. Rainey sentenced him to a fully clad year behind bars.

Police had received reports for several months from a West Memphis neighborhood of a man jogging in the nude before they arrested Patterson on Jan. 11.

Officers said they saw Patterson jogging bare from the waist down and ordered him to stop. When he kept running, officers used a stun gun to pause the pursuit of the pantless perpetrator.

Patterson was supposed to have a mental evaluation, but Rainey canceled it when Patterson admitted he entered a Florida woman's home naked two years ago.

"I don't need a mental health evaluation," Rainey said. "He's not crazy. He knows exactly what he's doing."

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