New Yorker Thinks Cops Want Him, Jumps into Hudson River

A man who ran from police and jumped into the Hudson River at Rensselaer’s Riverfront Park Wednesday is escorted to an ambulance by emergency medical personnel. (Mike McMahon / The Record)

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By Kelli Sutterman

RENSSELAER, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities in New York say a 21-year-old man who jumped into the Hudson River to escape police got all wet for nothing.

The man was riding in a car Wednesday afternoon when it was pulled over by police in Rensselaer, across the Hudson River from Albany. Police say he bolted from the car's passenger side and ran toward the river, where he jumped in near a bridge.

The current carried him about 250 feet down river before he was able to grab onto a branch. Police soon arrived and pulled him from the 50-degree water.

Authorities say the man, whose name hasn't been released, thought there was a warrant out for his arrest.

But police say there was no warrant.

He was taken to an Albany hospital for an examination.

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