Man fleeing cops spends hour in frigid Colo. River

A man fleeing Glenwood Springs police on foot spent an hour in the frigid Colorado River on Monday before rescuers persuaded him to get out of the water.

“How he was still alive I don’t know,” said Tanny McGinnis, spokesperson for the Garfield
County Sheriff’s Department, which assisted in the incident.

The Glenwood Springs Fire Department was dispatched at 6:14 p.m. after a man contacted by police on Devereux Road jumped in the river.

Police identified him as Dryden McIntosh, 37, of Glenwood Springs. There were multiple warrants for arrest, but police gave no other details.

McGinnis said McIntosh entered the river near Interstate 70 and got out close to two miles downstream.

The Fire Department said he exited the river briefly but resumed his swim after being approached by a law enforcement officer. The department tried to reach him with a rope at the west Glenwood Springs I-70 interchange but he was on the far side of the river.

Responders that also included the Burning Mountains Fire Department, Colorado State Patrol and Garfield Sheriff Search and Rescue staged themselves at various points along the river.

“They tried many times to coax him and convince him and he was not having any part of getting out of the water,” McGinnis said.

McIntosh was stopped at a rock when a detective talked him into giving up, McGinnis said. Search and Rescue members used inflatable boats to get the exhausted man to shore.

He was taken by ambulance to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs for treatment of hypothermia and minor scrapes and bruises.


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