EUGENE, Ore. -- A Eugene man who jumped into the Willamette River to flee a state trooper didn't swim far before he said he began drowning and returned to shore.
The Oregon State Police say 25-year-old Coty Hartman was taken into custody Saturday on an outstanding felony warrant for first-degree burglary.
Hartman was fishing near the Beltline Bridge in Eugene when a trooper cited him for a fishing violation. While issuing the citation, the trooper learned he was wanted on a warrant out of Lane County.
Police say Hartman then ran from the trooper and jumped into the river.
After a short time, Hartman told the trooper he was drowning and came back to shore. He was lodged into Lane County Jail.