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Glenwood police arrest man after he jumps into river to flee

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

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

Police first contacted Dryden McCintosh, 37, walking along Devereux Road; he ran from officers and jumped into the river to avoid capture. McCintosh 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 McCintosh 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 McCintosh 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 McCintosh nearly two and a half miles downstream, where he eventually clung to a rock in the middle of the river, just east of the South Canyon exit.

McCintosh was hypothermic when rescuers reached him at about 7:30 p.m. He was transported to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood and treated overnight for hypothermia and minor cuts and bruises.

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

Wilson said police see suspects jumping into the river in an attempt to evade capture more often than he would like. And while this incident ended without anyone seriously injured, the situation could have easily been worse, he said.

“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 riverbank, west of the West Glenwood I-70 interchange, and attempted to throw a rope to McCintosh, but were unsuccessful.

The suspect then climbed onto a rock in the middle of the river, but he was too exhausted to swim to shore, according to a press release.

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

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

jgardner@postindependent.com


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