Missouri River flood waters in August 2011.

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Fleeing Suspect Attempts To Swim Across Missouri River To Escape Police

The man abandoned his car after driving over spike strips and ran to the river.

June 28, 2018 - 8:00 am
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WASHINGTON, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say a fleeing man has been arrested after attempting to swim across the Missouri River.

KSDK-TV reports that it happened Wednesday night when the Missouri State Highway Patrol was chasing a man in eastern Missouri. Police in the town of Washington say the man eventually drove over the Missouri River on Highway 47, where officers had tire-puncturing spike strips set up.

The man abandoned his car after driving over the strips and ran to the river. Police say the man was trying to swim across the river when he was taken into custody.