MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - What started as a call for help ends with a man in the hospital, facing numerous charges.
According to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department, someone called 911 saying a man was lying at the end of Metropolis Ferry Land Road. The caller said the man appeared to be dead and had a syringe sticking out of his arm.
Two deputies arrived minutes later and the man jumped up and started running from them. The man, identified as 33-year-old Dustin Alderdice, threw a duffel bag into a flooded wooded area and jumped into the Ohio River.
The two deputies swam out to try and take him into custody. Alderdice then appeared to be struggling to stay afloat.
Once the deputies jumped into the water, dispatch and other deputies lost communication with them, so several area agencies including emergency management, Mercy Regional Ambulance Service, and the West McCracken Fire Department responded to help locate the group.
The deputies were able to get to Alderdice and put him on a floating log to keep him afloat until the other first responders arrived to get them all out of the water.
Alderdice, who is from Burna, Kentucky, was taken to the hospital where he remains.
Deputies found Alderdice's duffel bag and while some of the contents likely washed away in the flood water, investigators found numerous plastic bags and other items associated with illegal drug use.
Alderdice faces charges of public intoxication, resisting arrest, fleeing or evading, and criminal mischief. More charges are possible.