Eugene man jumps into Willamette to flee police

Eugene man jumps into Willamette to flee police

Eugene man jumps into Willamette to flee police

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on June 15, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Updated Sunday, Jun 15 at 3:35 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A Eugene man who jumped into the Willamette River to flee a state trooper didn't swim far before he said he was drowning and returned to shore.

The Oregon State Police says 25-year-old Coty Hartman was taken into custody Saturday on an outstanding felony warrant for first-degree burglary.

Hartman was fishing near the Beltline Bridge in Eugene when a trooper cited him for a fishing violation. While issuing the citation, the trooper learned there was he was wanted on a warrant out of Lane County.

Police say Hartman then ran from the trooper and jumped into the river.

After a short time, Hartman told the trooper he was drowning and came back to shore. He was lodged into Lane County Jail.

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