Man in custody after jumping in river to escape police in Dayton

A man is in custody after he jumped in the Great Miami River in an attempt to elude MetroParks police this afternoon.

The incident began around 5:01 p.m., according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center, when a caller reported a man acting strangely at the Island MetroPark on East Helena Street.

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Dispatchers said that a man fled from MetroParks police and jumped into the river, prompting a call for a water rescue response.

The man swam across the river toward Riverside Drive, and was spotted back on land near the foot bridge to Triangle Park.

At around 5:30 p.m. dispatchers confirmed the man was in custody.

We are working to learn more and will update this story with any new information.

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