UPDATE: Man Pulled From River Had Arrest Warrants

By: KAKE News Email
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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Wichita police have identified the man who was pulled from the Arkansas River and arrested Friday morning.

Jail records show that 36-year-old Richard Hamm, Jr., was booked into the Sedgwick County jail on charged of interfering with a law enforcement officer and failure to comply, as well as two "failure to appear" warrants. His bond was set at $2,500.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Police say a man who was pulled from the Arkansas River earlier this morning already had warrants out for his arrest.

It began around 8:20 Friday morning when an officer spotted a man in the river near Maple and McLean. He was floating down the river on a pink inflatable tube.

Several emergency responders arrived and tried to get the man out of the river, but he refused. He said he didn't want to be rescued, and that he didn't know that what he was doing was illegal.

Firefighters on boats eventually pulled the man from the water about 30 minutes later south of Pawnee. When he made it back to shore, police arrested the man or violating city ordinances, which prevent people from swimming or boating in the Arkansas River. It was discovered later that the man had prior warrants.

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