- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 9, 2014

MATAMORAS, Pa. (AP) - Police say a handcuffed suspect is lucky to be alive after leaping from a northeastern Pennsylvania bridge into the Delaware River.

Eastern Pike Regional Police Chief Chad Stewart tells the Pocono Record (https://bit.ly/1lRlRrj ) that 20-year-old Brian Baran could’ve been killed on impact because the river was fairly low.

Baran and his mother were suspected in a number of retail thefts. Police stopped their car on a bridge between Matamoras and Port Jervis, New York, Monday afternoon and handcuffed them.

That’s when police say Baran made a run for it, hurling his body over the bridge railing. As police called for a river rescue, Baran managed to get the cuffs in front of him. He had difficulty swimming but managed to make it to shore without help.

Baran was charged with escape. It’s not clear if he has an attorney.


Information from: Pocono Record, https://www.poconorecord.com/

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