A MAN was struck by a van on Arnold Street before running from the scene, according to the driver.
The man left the Alexander Bayne Centre before being struck by the vehicle around 2.10pm.
The driver of the van was left shaken by the incident, which followed a similar incident in June.
“I braked, jumped out to make sure he was okay and then he ran off,” he said.
“We hit him at 40kmh at the very most, maybe 30kmh.
“We were heading down Arnold Street and we saw a young male flying across in front of us.”
The electrician, who asked not to be named, had been driving with a colleague to pick up supplies when he struck the man.
“We chased him until we lost him down some back streets,” he said.
“He had no shoelaces and he was very scattered.
“He just said it was ‘all good mate, all good’.
“I’m definitely glad that he’s okay.
“I wouldn’t say it was terrifying, but it was certainly unusual.”
A Bendigo Health spokesman said the man returned to the hospital and received medical treatment.
Senior Constable Stephen Thomas said the man appeared to have "absconded" from the mental health facility.
“He’s been travelling towards Golden Square," he said.
“Fortunately the driver’s seen him, hit the brakes, then I believe he’s run into their car.
“But he’s now gone back to the hospital.
“He was very lucky.”
There have been several incidents at the Alexander Bayne Centre in recent months.
A patient was struck by a car on June 13 after scaling a wall and a man went missing for 24 hours after being temporarily released in August.
A man also went missing for about five hours after scaling a wall at the centre in July.
But Bendigo Health psychiatric services director Associate Professor Philip Tune said in August the patients were “not prisoners, it’s just a hospital ward”.
“So when the risk is lowered, as soon as somebody doesn’t absolutely require that very high containment, we’re advised under the Mental Health Act to move them into a lower-security area," he said.