Man jumps into river near Glenwood Springs to avoid a cop |

Man jumps into river near Glenwood Springs to avoid a cop

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A Glenwood Springs man allegedly jumped into the Colorado River east of South Canyon and floated about a mile downstream to try to get away from a Garfield County deputy.

Gary L. Brodkorb, 38, was arrested in the afternoon Aug. 2 on suspicion of criminal impersonation, reckless endangerment, second-degree arson, eluding, unlawfully soliciting a ride on a roadway and unlawfully being under the influence on a roadway.

A deputy responded to a report of an intoxicated man on Interstate 70 just east of South Canyon who was trying to hitchhike, stumbling into traffic and making obscene gestures at drivers.

The deputy contacted Brodkorb on the shoulder of I-70 near mile marker 112. The deputy asked Brodkorb’s identity and said he may be able to give Brodkorb a ride home. Brodkorb gave a false name to the deputy and then climbed over the guardrail and headed down to the river, according to an arrest affidavit.

The deputy shouted “Stop” and “Don’t go in the river” but Brodkorb kept going and began floating downstream, the affidavit says.

The deputy went to the mile marker 111 exit and located Brodkorb climbing out from the river near a bridge on South Canyon Creek Road. Brodkorb headed back toward the river until the deputy shouted to stop several times and pulled out a Taser, the affidavit says.

Deputies found a vehicle Brodkorb reportedly left on the shoulder of I-70 east of South Canyon. The vehicle’s interior was on fire. A deputy determined the fire was started in two places and found accelerants on the passenger seat, the affidavit says.

Deputies say they matched a key found in Brodkorb’s pocket with the vehicle. The affidavit says firefighters extinguished the flames, but the burning vehicle could have caused a “severe fire hazard.”

Brodkorb did not post a $4,150 bond as of Wednesday. He will appear for formal filing of charges on Aug. 20.

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

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