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Police pull man from river after he ran from officers

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Police escort Yarbrough  to an awaiting stretcher. (Source: Jeff Diamond) Police escort Yarbrough to an awaiting stretcher. (Source: Jeff Diamond)
The scene of the search. (Source: Jeff Diamond) The scene of the search. (Source: Jeff Diamond)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Columbia Police officers have pulled a man from the Congaree River after he fled from them Wednesday morning.

Officers arrested the man in the water near the riverbank. A K-9 unit tracked the man to his location near the Gervais Street bridge.

Jennifer Timmons with the Columbia Police Department said officers attempted to stop a vehicle at the intersection of Blossom and Huger streets in Columbia. The driver, later identified as 28-year-old Martin Yarbrough, didn't stop and drove to the intersection of Senate and Gist streets, near the Gervais Street bridge over the Congaree River. 

Police say Yarbrough slowed down and hopped out of the vehicle while it was still moving and ran toward the river. A 19-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man were inside the car and were taken into custody.

Police say they found an open beer inside the car.

Yarbrough faces charges of speeding, failure to stop for blue lights, driving under suspension, reckless driving and open container. Police say the driving under suspension charge is his second offense.

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