Another water getaway leads to search

Man jumps into Arkansas River

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WICHITA, Kansas — Wichita police and fire crews face the task of finding a man in the Little Arkansas River.  It is presumed he drowned.

It started around 10:15 p.m. Thursday when officers tried to pull a car over near Murdock and Waco for a violation.

“At the point, the driver was being taken into custody and that driver squirmed away and ran from the officer,” said Lt. Doug Nolte, Wichita Police Department.

Police say the man ran into the river and started to swim, but he went under as police tried to tell the man to hang onto a log floating by in the fast moving waters.

“He did not grab it, and he went under the surface of the water and that’s the last time the officer actually saw the man in the river,” said Nolte.

Police say this is the third incident in three months, and all three are strikingly similar.

Earlier this month, a very similar case. Cops tried to pull someone over at 69th and Hydraulic, and the suspect ran into the water and he drowned.

Now, police are combing through the waters of the Little Arkansas River for the man who is presumed dead.

While officers are not calling this a trend, they say it is very sad news.

“Obviously, had this individual gone to jail for DUI, the chances of him drowning would have been virtually none,” said Nolte.

 

 

 

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