A psychiatric patient escaped from the emergency room at Harford Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning and evaded police for about half an hour before surrendering, Havre de Grace police said.
The patient, a 50-year-old man, had been taken to the hospital on an emergency petition, which means he was required to be in custody, Havre de Grace Police Capt. Roy Mitchell said.
The patient was not believed to be dangerous to the community and the staff was mostly worried about his own safety, Mitchell said.
The man ran out of the hospital at about 11:47 a.m. and was on the loose for 30 to 45 minutes, Mitchell said.
"He decided not to stay," Mitchell said, adding police knew the man would not be very hard to find because he was wearing hospital garments.
The patient was found hiding on a property at Lodge Lane and Giles Street, within three blocks of the hospital, and surrendered without resisting, according to Mitchell
"He was no problem," Mitchell added.