BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Despite repeatedly refusing help from Botetourt County authorities as he ran around the Blue Ridge community shirtless and shoeless on Monday, a man agreed to go to the hospital on Tuesday after someone reported seeing him wearing sheets and a trash bag.
According to the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office, the county’s emergency dispatch center received a call just after 9:45 a.m. on Monday, March 1 from a man claiming to be suffering from hypothermia at the wood line near the 300 block of Carriage Lane.
Members of the sheriff’s office and the Botetourt County Department of Fire and EMS responded to the scene, where a deputy found a man across the creek who was wearing sweatpants, but no shirt or shoes.
The deputy tried to talk to the man, but the man reportedly said he did not want help from anyone other than his family and proceeded to run away.
As other deputies arrived on scene, they were able to keep the man in their sights as he ran around the area. Every time the man stopped running, authorities offered him assistance, but he kept turning them down.
Throughout the course of the day, the sheriff’s office says the dispatch center received calls from community members who saw the man running evasively.
However, since the man had not committed a crime and did not pose a credible threat to the community, officials say they halted their efforts to help him around 7 p.m. on Monday.
Then, shortly before 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, March 2, someone reported the same man wearing sheets and a trash bag near the intersection of Rainbow Forest Drive and Laymantown Road, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies and first responders were reportedly dispatched to the scene and managed to make contact with the 31-year-old man, who agreed to medical treatment.
After the Botetourt County Department of Fire and EMS treated the man at the scene, he was brought to Roanoke Memorial hospital with non-life threatening injuries, officials say.
Because the man has not been charged with any offenses, the sheriff’s office will not release the man’s name.