Man Jumps 50 Feet Into River To Escape Police, Gets Arrested Anyway

A Washington man reportedly jumped off a 50-foot cliff into a river to avoid police who were pursuing him.

Deputies from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office had responded after receiving a call around 7 a.m. on Sunday about people who were passed out in a car stopped in the middle of the roadway at Dekker Road and Yakima Valley Highway, KEPR-TV reported.

At the scene, they found a 32-year-old man, from Kennewick, in the driver's seat and a female passenger asleep in the vehicle, with a child in the back seat.

The sheriff's office said they suspected the driver was under the influence.

KNDU reported the sleeping man had his foot on the brake. After deputies made several attempts to rouse him, he woke up and quickly drove off.

Deputies followed the man from Granger to Zillah along Interstate 82. The pursuit ended in Zillah when the driver began driving the wrong way on the interstate.

According to the sheriff's office, another agency found his abandoned vehicle on E. Railroad Avenue near Zillah.

KNDU reported that the driver realized the road was a dead end and turned around before encountering a police vehicle.

The man then sped down a residential driveway, and then ran towards the Yakima River.

When he got there, he reportedly jumped off a 50-foot cliff into the river.

Deputies were able to apprehend the man, who was not named, with the help of a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife boat.

He was booked into custody on several charges, including reckless endangerment and assault. The female passenger and child were not harmed, according to deputies.

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office has been contacted for additional comment.

The incident comes days after a man was fatally shot by police during a wrong-way chase along a California freeway.

The suspect led police in the wrong direction on Interstate 10 in a stolen truck for around an hour before officers were able to set up a roadblock, according to reports.

A California Highway Patrol trooper opened fire when the driver continued to move head-on towards law enforcement and was pronounced dead on the interstate in Fontana.

And earlier this month, a video was released that showed a man who led police on a high-speed chase in Florida in late May, who then tried to avoid being apprehended by tossing his two-month-old baby at officers.

A deputy managed to catch the infant, and the suspect eluded authorities for a short time before being captured.

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Stock photo. A man jumped 50 feet into a river to avoid being captured by police in Washington state. iStock