Glenwood ‘river bandit’ pleads guilty in four cases |

Glenwood ‘river bandit’ pleads guilty in four cases

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A man who evaded police by jumping into the Colorado River in April accepted a plea agreement from prosecutors Thursday in 9th Judicial District Court.

Dryden Kenneth McIntosh, 37, entered guilty pleas in four separate cases, two of which were felony charges: aggravated motor vehicle theft, and aggravated driving after revocation-habitual traffic offender. The other two charges were misdemeanor vehicle theft and another misdemeanor theft charge. Some of the offenses happened close to two years ago.

The most recent charge of aggravated motor vehicle theft stems from an April incident in which McIntosh reportedly stole a Honda dirt bike from Hi Points Motorsports in Glenwood Springs, according to an arrest affidavit. The motorcycle was left at the shop for service, and McIntosh cut through a chain-link fence to get the dirt bike, according to the affidavit.

McIntosh was arrested on an active warrant on April 6, after Glenwood Police spotted him walking along Devereux Road. He attempted to elude police by jumping into the Colorado River.

Police said McIntosh jumped into the river, swam across it and crawled out near the West Glenwood Rest Area, then attempted to run across Interstate 70, but turned around and jumped back into the river to avoid arrest.

The current carried McIntosh more than two miles downstream, where he was able to pull himself onto a rock in the middle of the river, just east of the South Canyon exit on I-70.

By the time rescuers reached McIntosh, he was hypothermic. He was transported to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood and treated for hypothermia and minor cuts and bruises.

When 9th Judicial District Court Judge Daniel Petre asked why McIntosh agreed to the guilty pleas, McIntosh said, “Because I am guilty. And I apologize for my actions.”

McIntosh faces up to six years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.

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