Suspect Who Jumped in River to Avoid Michigan Police, Arrested After Rowboat Chase

MSP deployed a K-9 to track him through a swamp and to the river. A drone from the Eaton County sheriff's office was used to pinpoint his location. Then MSP officers went after him in a rowboat.

Michigan State Police officers used a rowboat Friday to capture a suspect who jumped in a river.Michigan State Police officers used a rowboat Friday to capture a suspect who jumped in a river.MSP/X

Officers from the Michigan State Police used a rowboat to arrest a man who jumped in a river to escape them Friday.

The man fled on foot from officers who were investigating allegations that he had threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend, the Detroit Free Press reports.

MSP deployed a K-9 to track him through a swamp and to the Thornapple River. A drone from the Eaton County sheriff's office was used to pinpoint his location. Then MSP officers went after him in a rowboat.

He was suspected of being intoxicated and suicidal. He was taken to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, where he was treated for hypothermia, intoxication and for a mental evaluation.

State criminal charges against him include resisting and obstructing a police officer, reckless driving, and open intoxicants in a motor vehicle, said Lt. Rene Gonzalez, spokesman for the Michigan State Police First District.

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