Police: Man jumps in Ohio River after fleeing crash

(Photo: FOX19/Dale Lutz)
(Photo: FOX19/Dale Lutz)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Authorities rescued a fully-clothed swimmer from the Ohio River Wednesday morning who reportedly fled from multiple nearby car accidents.

Cincinnati police and fire were dispatched at about 8:30 a.m. to the river after a man was spotted struggling in the water between the Roebling Suspension Bridge and the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge.

Police Specialist Nate Young said he was seen going under several times and even tied his shoes to his belt loops "thinking that might provide some buoyancy."

Authorities used a float tube to pull the man onto a rescue boat. Young said the man's blood alcohol level was "three or four times over the legal limit."

He was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for evaluation.

After coordinating with the Kenton County Sheriff's Office and Covington Police Department, Cincinnati police learned the man was driving and hit another vehicle on Interstate 75 south near the 5th Street exit.

Police said the man fled the scene and was involved in a second crash with a barrier. He then took off on foot toward the Ohio River.

Young estimated that the man floated approximately three-fourths to one mile downstream before he was rescued.

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