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(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake City Police remove a man from the Jordan River, Saturday, August 23, 2014. The man jumped into the river while being pursued by the police and hung onto a branch for nearly two hours before the police were able to remove him.
Man runs from police and into Jordan River
First Published Aug 23 2014 10:00 pm • Last Updated Aug 24 2014 04:40 pm

A man who allegedly ran from the police spent at least 90 minutes in the Jordan River until his family and firefighters brought him out.

The man, who was not identified, allegedly encountered two women along the Jordan River Parkway Saturday evening, who called the police, said Salt Lake City Police Lt. Brian Purvis. The man is mentally ill and was experiencing an episode, Purvis said.

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When the police arrived, the man ran into the river near 1200 W. 1600 South, where the water was shallow enough to stand in, Purvis said.

After help from his family and firefighters, the man eventually came out of the river about 9 p.m. and was taken to the hospital, where he will be treated for the possibility of hypothermia and for his mental illness, Purvis said.


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