German chopper tracks naked train-stopper

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German police said on Friday that they were forced to close a busy stretch of railway for an hour and a half during a helicopter hunt for a naked man on the line.

The man was apparently surprised by a woman walking her dog near Solingen in western Germany before 10:00 pm (2000 GMT) on Thursday and jumped over a wall onto the railway line and fled.

While police looked for the man with the help of a helicopter, the man returned home and his wife, who decided to drive her hapless husband straight to the police station.

The 41-year-old "said that he had taken to running naked some time ago as it helped him to deal with stress," police said in a statement. "He took care to always do it at night, so as not to frighten anyone," a spokesman told AFP.

Seven trains were delayed for a total of 163 minutes and the man, who has not been named, is being investigated for disturbing the peace.

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