Father: Naked unicyclist is mentally ill, needs help

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by Associated Press, KHOU.com staff & Brad Woodard / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on May 10, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Updated Friday, May 11 at 10:04 AM

KEMAH, Texas—Police say a naked man riding a unicycle on a Houston-area bridge has been accused of distracting drivers and creating a hazard.

Kemah police Chief Greg Rikard says 45-year-old Joseph Glynn Farley of Clear Lake has been charged with indecent exposure. Farley was jailed Thursday on the misdemeanor count, with bond set at $1,500.

Rikard says Farley was not intoxicated or impaired when he was arrested Wednesday afternoon in the buff on a bridge that links Kemah and Seabrook.

Rikard says Farley told officers that he liked the way it felt. His clothes were found at the base of the bridge.

The police chief says Farley had been falling off the unicycle and into traffic.

Carl Farley, the man’s father, said his son is mentally ill and that he hopes he gets help.

“My son has been untreated with his paranoid schizophrenia for the last six years,” he said.

Carl Farley said he spoke with his son in jail.

“He was saying that well he decided to ride over the bridge on his unicycle which itself is unusual, without any clothes on, because it made him feel free,” he said.  

Online jail records did not list an attorney for Farley.

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