Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Sheriff: Man swims across frigid river in bid to flee arrest

(AP) — Authorities say a man took a chilly swim across state lines and fled over the snow in his shorts, but failed to escape the law.

Kentucky's Martin County Sheriff John Kirk says when West Virginia State troopers arrived Monday at Terry Jarvis' mother's West Virginia house, the 26-year-old Mingo County man ran out the back door and jumped into the Tug Fork River, wearing just a pair of shorts and a sleeveless shirt. Air temperatures Monday were in the 30s and 40s.

Kirk says Jarvis was wanted on unspecified warrants.


Authorities say they tracked Jarvis' footprints in the snow to a Kentucky house where they found him hiding in a shower, about a mile south of his river crossing.