When police arrived they attempted to confront 31-year-old Johnathan Lee Messer but he ran off and tried to swim across the river.
Hellgate Jetboat excursions lent GPDPS a boat to catch Messer.
“Were obviously not an agency that has any type of watercraft,” Lieutenant Dennis Ward, GPDPS, said.”It’s really helpful when people help us out.”
Messer was arrested and taken to the Josephine County jail. He is being charged with disorderly conduct, interfering with police and criminal trespass.
Blakely McHugh is a weather forecaster and reporter for NBC5 News. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Blakely is a native of San Diego, CA.
Blakely is excited to be in southern Oregon, a place that gets all the seasons and has similar temperatures to Arizona in the summer! When she’s not at work, you can find her relaxing at home watching TV and cuddling with her cat, Dallas. She also enjoys trying new places to eat and exploring the outdoors.
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