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May 13, 2014

Patient breaks out hospital window, jumps out

Patient breaks hospital window, jumps out

TRAVERSE CITY — A Munson Medical Center patient broke through a second-story window to make a short-lived dash from the hospital.

The male patient jumped onto the hospital’s first-floor roof and then made his way to the ground. Traverse City Police Capt. Mike Ayling said the patient then fled down Sixth Street and headed north.

He apparently didn’t get far; Ayling said officers tracked him to the intersection of Monroe and Randolph streets.

“He was found 45 minutes later lying in some bushes,” he said.

Ayling said officers took the patient back to Munson, where doctors transferred him to a facility in Kalamazoo. He said privacy laws prevent him from revealing why the patient was checked into the hospital.

The patient ran from a floor that includes the hospital’s in-patient behavioral health unit.

Hospital spokesman Ian Jones said staff called police soon after the patient broke out a second-floor window and ran onto the roof. He said no similar incident happened during his time at the hospital.

“This would be very rare,” he said.

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