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Suspect Jumps Into Spokane River To Avoid Capture

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Wildlife Officers arrested this suspect with a felony warrant who jumped into the Spokane River after a foot pursuit. Wildlife Officers arrested this suspect with a felony warrant who jumped into the Spokane River after a foot pursuit.
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley Firefighters were called to a water rescue near Argonne and Upriver Friday afternoon, however it was officers with the Department of Fish and Wildlife that eventually got the man out of the river. 

The Department of Fish and Wildlife says two of their officers noticed a man fishing in the Spokane River near Coyote Rocks. They stopped to ask the man if he had a license and found out he did not. The man also didn't have any identification on him, but gave the officers a name. The officers ran a background check on the man and found that he had felony warrants out for his arrest. When they informed him about his warrants, the man jumped into the Spokane River to avoid capture. 

Firefighters from the Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to the scene as the man was clinging to a branch for about 10-15 minutes. With the river running fast and the water so cold, the Fish and Wildlife officers were eventually able to convince the man to come back to shore. Once on shore, they placed him in handcuffs and took him to jail. 

The man has not been identified and at this time it is unknown what he was wanted for. Fish and Wildlife said they can charge him with Resisting Arrest, Fishing During Closed Season, and Fishing Without A License. 

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