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Man arrested after jumping in river to get away from police

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Courtesy of Garfield County Sheriff's Dept.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Glenwood Springs Police arrested a man after he eluded officers by jumping into the Colorado River Monday evening.

Police first contacted Dryden McIntosh, 37, walking along Devereux Road where he ran from officers and jumped into the river to avoid capture. McIntosh was later rescued by Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue crews after nearly an hour and a half in the 40-degree water.

Police contacted McIntosh because he has a “shopping list” of warrants, in Garfield County and at least one in from Wyoming, according to Police Chief Terry Wilson.

Wilson said McIntosh jumped into the river, swam across it and crawled out near the West Glenwood Rest Area. He then attempted to run across Interstate 70, but turned around and ran back to the river and again jumped into the cold water.

Wilson said the river took McIntosh nearly two and a half miles downstream where he was eventually able to cling to a rock in the middle of the river, just east of the South Canyon exit.

McIntosh was hypothermic when rescuers reached him just around 7: 30 p.m. He was transported to Valley View Hospital and treated overnight for hypothermia and minor cuts and bruises.

Wilson said McIntosh was released from the hospital Tuesday morning and was arrested and booked into the Garfield County Jail and charged with resisting arrest, and could face additional charges.

Wilson said police get calls of suspects jumping into the river attempting to evade police more often that he would like. And while this incident ended without anyone seriously injured, the situation could have easily gotten much worse.

“It doesn’t take much for a pleasant dip in the river in the summer to become a dangerous situation,” Wilson said. “Under winter conditions and without being properly outfitted with a life jacket, this situation could have gotten very dangerous.”

Fire crews set up personnel on the river bank, west of the West Glenwood I – 70 interchange and attempted to throw a rope to try and rescue McIntosh, however, the attempts were unsuccessful.

The suspect then climbed onto a rock in the middle of the river; however the subject was too exhausted to swim to shore at that time, according to a press release.

Search and Rescue launched two inflatable vessels into the river to rescue McIntosh. He was moved to the north shore of the river and into an ambulance.

The Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the Glenwood Springs Police Department, and the Colorado State Patrol all worked collaboratively on this rescue.

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