Pineville man jumps in river, refuses to leave in attempt to avoid drunk driving and other charges

jwarren@herald-leader.comApril 2, 2014 

A Pineville man faces more than a dozen charges after he jumped into the Cumberland River to avoid a state trooper who was chasing him in Bell County.

Police said charges against Roger Ramey, 49, include two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment; DUI; reckless driving; speeding; menacing; fleeing on foot; resisting arrest; disorderly conduct; driving on an expired plate and registration; no insurance; three counts of third-degree criminal mischief; and possession of an open alcohol container in a vehicle.

Ramey's predicament started about 10:45 Tuesday morning, when trooper Joey Brigmon attempted to stop a vehicle that was speeding on U.S. 25E in Bell County, according to the state police post at Harlan,

The driver turned off the highway into a driveway, jumped out of his vehicle, ran and jumped into the nearby Cumberland River, police said.

When other troopers arrived, the driver refused to come out of the water. He remained in the river for about an hour, according to police.

Two troopers eventually donned life vests and entered the water to pull the man from the river.

Ramey was taken to the Pineville Hospital for medical treatment, and later was being held in the Bell County jail, state police said.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.

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