Man jumps into Stillwater River to avoid Miami County deputy

A river rescue was called off tonight after crews discovered footprints that led out of the Stillwater River that belonged to a man who had jumped into the water.

Miami County Sheriff’s deputies were knocking on the door to a home, trying to talk to a man suspected to be intoxicated when he crashed a car. That’s when the man ran out a back door and jumped into the nearby river sometime after 6 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

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Numerous fire crews were dispatched. They launched boats and assembled a dive team before they confirmed with the man’s mother that he was safe.

The man, whose name has not been released, was not there when deputies returned to the home.

Deputies will meet with prosecutors to determine possible charges, which could include failure to control, leaving the scene of an accident and inducing panic, according to the sheriff’s office.

FIRST REPORT

A water rescue is underway after a man jumped into the Stillwater River in Miami County.

Rescue teams and a dive team were called around 6:20 p.m. to the river in the area of Ohio 48 and Covington-Bradford Road.

It’s not clear why the man jumped into the water.

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