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Man fishing illegally jumps in the Spokane River to escape

A man who appeared to be fishing illegally in the Spokane River near Plantes Ferry Park in Spokane Valley jumped in the river to escape a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officer Friday afternoon, according to department spokeswoman Madonna Luers.

“That section of the river does not open until June 7,” said Luers. “He had no fishing license, which was strike two.”

The officer also discovered that the man was wanted on a felony warrant. The man then took off running and jumped in the water, Luers said. “It’s very cold and very high and dangerous right now,” she said.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department swift water rescue team was called, but the wildlife officer was able to convince the man to come out of the water, Luers said. The man was booked into the Spokane County Jail.



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