Man dies in river, fleeing from deputies

CHARLESTON (AP) — Authorities say a man wanted on charges in West Virginia and Virginia died after jumping into the Big Coal River while fleeing pursuing deputies.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department says deputies went to a home in Bloomingrose on Friday night to arrest a man wanted for failing to appear in court on methamphetamine charges. The man also was wanted on felony charges in Virginia.

While at the house, a truck pulled up two men who ran toward the river. One of the men was found floating unresponsive and they jumped in to rescue him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Charleston Gazette reports that officials have identified the man as 43-year-old James Alfred King III of Charleston.

A second man who jumped into the river was arrested.

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