Blue Ridge National Parkway officials in Virginia say they have an “epidemic” of naked men running loose in their park this spring. Sounds a little strong, but we can’t say for sure because we aren’t quite certain how many naked men constitute an epidemic.
Here’s a statement released this morning by the National Park Service:
On the morning of May 1st, a suspect fleeing from the Virginia State Police for a speeding violation entered the park in the Love Gap area. Shortly after coming onto the parkway, he lost control of his vehicle, resulting in the vehicle flipping onto its roof and catching fire. He then got out and fled into the woods. Rangers responded and assisted county and state law enforcement agencies in tracking him down. A canine tracking team quickly discovered his discarded pants. Ground-based teams and Virginia State Police helicopters continued to search for him until he was apprehended. At the time of his arrest, the 24-year-old man was naked and suffering from multiple lacerations as a result of fleeing through the wooded terrain. This is the second incident in a recent epidemic of naked men attempting to elude law enforcement in the area.