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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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Snow showers have left the area and we saw anywhere from 2-4 inches of snow. Surface temperatures for the most part remain above freezing so accumulations were mostly on elevated and grassy surfaces. Skies slowly cleared throughout the day with temperatures warming into the mid to upper 40s. Conditions look to dry out and slowly warm throughout the next few days. Rain chances will return mainly through the morning hours on Friday with temperatures back in the 60s. Temperatures will continue to warm through the weekend with highs back in the upper 60s and lower 70s. Temperatures will be close to 80s for the beginning of next week under mostly sunny skies.
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