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

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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 tells WSAZ-TV ( ) that 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.

It's unclear whether Jarvis has an attorney.


Information from: WSAZ-TV,