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Fleeing suspect tries to escape by jumping into river, Mich. troopers use canoe to catch him

After the man jumped into a river to flee from police, a K-9 and a drone were able to track him while troopers followed in a canoe

By Matt Durr

EATON COUNTY, Mich. — Police had to use a little creativity and a canoe to arrest a man Friday evening in the Thornapple River. Michigan State Police say a 32-year-old Holt man was taken into custody after he fled from police who were responding to a 911 call.

911 received a call around 2 a.m. Friday by someone who reported that the suspect was threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend. The caller believed the suspect was intoxicated and suicidal at the time. MSP eventually caught up with the man in the area of Vermontville Highway and Bradley Road.

However, the man fled the scene and tried to escape by jumping into the Thornapple River. A MSP K9 unit tracked the man and a drone was used to locate him in the river. Police then used a canoe to get to the suspect and place him under arrest.

The suspect was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment for hypothermia, intoxication and a mental evaluation. After treatment, he was scheduled to be lodged at the Eaton County Jail while possible charges are considered.


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