Man jumped into river to escape police

By: Angela Sparkman
By: Angela Sparkman

BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Tuesday morning, a man in Bell County jumped in the Cumberland River to get away from police!

State police say a trooper was making a traffic stop for a speeding violation on a car on US-25E in Four Mile when the man got out of the car, ran off and jumped in the river.

Police say 49-year-old Roger Dean Ramey was driving under the influence and that could be why he tried to escape.

Two troopers had to rescue Ramey from the water.

"Mr. Ramey refused to come out of there. At one point, we realized he'd been in there for an hour, and the water was very cold and deep, so we sent two troopers with life jackets on in the river to apprehend him," said Trooper Shane Jacobs, Kentucky State Police.

Ramey went to Pineville Community Hospital but is now in jail.

He has 18 charges including DUI, wanton endangerment of police, and resisting arrest.

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