Man floats down river in attempt to flee traffic stop

Associated Press
The Rolla Daily News

UNION — Authorities have arrested a man after he attempted to swim down a river while fleeing a traffic stop in eastern Missouri. 

Maj. Trevor Wild, of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, said the man drove through a hayfield and ditched his car Friday morning before he attempted to swim down the Bourbeuse River. 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports  that the 38-year-old was initially stopped for driving without a license and failing to yield to law enforcement. He came out of the river around 1:30 p.m. and police arrested him. He was later released, Wild said.

Wild said this is not the first time someone has attempted to escape by floating down a river. He said it has happened several times before.