SPOKANE, Wash. - A man tried to escape police custody Tuesday afternoon by jumping in the Spokane River.
Police say the man had a couple of misdemeanors he was going to be charged with, but rather than cooperating with police, he ran and jumped into the river. Witnesses tell KHQ the man could be heard yelling that he would "rather die than get arrested." After a short time in the river, and a water rescue response by Spokane Firefighters, the man eventually swam to shore to surrender.
Police say had the man initially cooperated, he most likely would have been out of jail as early as this afternoon. However he faces Obstruction charges along with his original misdemeanor and will be in jail for some time now.