Man flees into Mendenhall River to escape police

Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A fleeing suspect jumped into the Mendenhall River on Sunday evening while trying to escape a Juneau police officer who was chasing him.

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Approximately 50 to 75 feet down river, the man exited the river.

Officers searched the river bank and found him.

Ross Mercer, 40, was arrested on felony charges of failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer and drunken driving, as well as three counts of assault on a police officer, two counts of resisting arrest, and driving on a revoked operators license. He was lodged at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

The incident started at about 7:40 p.m. Sunday. According to officials, the officer attempted to stop the red Subaru for a routine traffic violation as it drove around the Mendenhall Valley.

A man refused to stop his vehicle for a Juneau police officer on Mendenhall Loop Road near Goat Hill on Sunday evening.

Near Betty Court, the vehicle stopped and the driver attempted to flee on foot.

The officer tried to apprehend him, but after a fight ensued, the man fled again on foot and jumped into the Mendenhall River.

Another fight ensued between him and officers when he was found along the river.

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