Suspect escapes into Willamette, arrested at Skinner Butte Park

EUGENE, Ore. -- A man tried to escape police by jumping into the Willamette River Sunday afternoon after an officer tried pulling him over for running a stop sign, Eugene Police officials said.

Eugene Lieutenant Sam Kamkar said 32-year-old Ryan Sullivan ran into Skinner Butte Park after an officer tried stopping him for running a stop sign near the park.

"What initially was a foot pursuit quickly turned in to an ended up as a life saving rescue mission," Lt. Kamkar said.

Officers at the scene reported that Sullivan tried to swim away in the Willamette, but stopped mid-river.

Emergency responders from Eugene Police picked Sullivan up from the river before making the arrest.

Lt. Kamkar said Sullivan had felony warrants out for his arrest.

He was booked at the Lane County Jail for interfering with police, menacing and a parole violation for assault.