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  WLPD makes arrest in the Willamette River   Man attempted to get away from officers by swimming in the Willamette River  


Story by The Oregon Herald Staff
Published on Tuesday April 13, 2021 - 4:38 AM

 
WEST LINN, Oregon - On Sunday, April 11, 2021, at approximately 6:50 pm, West Linn Police observed a traffic violation at the intersection of Willamette Falls Drive and Ostman Road. The driver, later identified as 42-year-old David Allen RIOS, turned down a side street as the officer turned around to make a traffic stop on RIOS, who parked in a nearby driveway, left the vehicle running, and ran into the backyard.

As WLPD Officers began canvassing the area, citizens reported that a male matching RIOS' description, was running through the area towards the Willamette River. Multiple citizens reported that RIOS had asked to switch clothes with them, and asked for rides from the area.

WLPD Officers located RIOS at Willamette Park, approximately one mile from the vehicle he left behind. RIOS was walking near the floating fishing dock on the Willamette River. RIOS jumped into the water and began swimming away from the dock. WLPD Officers requested assistance from TVF&R for a water rescue.

WLPD Officers maintained contact with RIOS, repeatedly advising him to swim back to shore for his own safety. RIOS began to make his way back, but became exhausted and clung to a tree approximately 20 yards from shore, where he stayed until TVF&R arrived with their rescue boat. RIOS was in the water for a total of 17 minutes.

RIOS was transported by ambulance to Willamette Falls Hospital before being taken to the Clackamas County Jail on a US Marshall Warrant for Smuggling Contraband. RIOS was also issued a citation for a Multnomah County Warrant for Resisting Arrest. The West Linn Police issued three traffic violation citations to RIOS (Driving While Suspended, Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device and, Failure to Drive within Lane). When asked why he ran, RIOS stated he knew he had a warrant for his arrest. The WLPD is continuing our investigation, with possible further charges to come.

The West Linn Police Department wants to thank the members of the community that provided quick and detailed information that assisted in the apprehension of RIOS, as he made his way through West Linn. We also want to thank our partners at Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue for their quick response and assistance in taking RIOS into custody.