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Woman jumps into Missouri River trying to escape police

A woman jumped into the Missouri River trying to escape the St. Joseph Police Tuesday evening.

Posted: Jul 2, 2019 9:26 PM
Updated: Jul 3, 2019 8:24 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A woman jumped into the Missouri River trying to escape the St. Joseph Police Tuesday evening.

Around 8 p.m. police say they were questioning a woman at the Remington Nature Center when she jumped into the river.

The officers followed her down the river on the bike trail. More officers then showed up at 77 Francis Street where two men had a boat beached on the shore and offered it to officers to use to get into the water.

Seargent Brett Kelly says, him and another officer used the boat to go out on the river. They offered the life jacket to the woman multiple times. At first they had the life jacket tied to a rope, but the woman would not take it. Eventually they untied it from the rope an the woman accepted it.

After time passed, the woman let go of the life jacket. Then one officer put on a life jacket and tied himself to a rope that was that also was tied to the boat. He jumped in the water and rescued the woman.

According to police, the woman knew she had an outstanding warrant for her arrest.

St. Joseph Fire Department did deploy their water rescue, but the two officers were able to rescue the woman on the borrowed boat.

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A strong winter storm is expected to continue around the region, producing heavy snow along the Iowa/Missouri border with lesser amounts farther south. Potential for some icing between the Missouri River and highway 36. Precipitation is expected to gradually decrease Monday night, but areas of drizzle and freezing drizzle may persist into Tuesday morning.
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