Police search for man who allegedly fled checkpoint, jumped into Salmon River

Police are searching for a man who allegedly jumped into the Salmon River and swam to the other side while fleeing from a police checkpoint early Saturday morning.

In a release, Nova Scotia RCMP spokeswoman Const. Natasha Dantiste says officers directed a man driving a truck without a licence to pull into an adjacent parking lot on Main Street in Bible Hill shortly before 3 a.m.

She says the 31-year-old man then fled the checkpoint.

Police say they found the truck abandoned a short time later, and after canine units were called for assistance, the driver was found hiding on the bank of the Salmon River.

Dantiste says the man jumped into the river and began swimming to the other side when the officers approached him.

Local fire departments, ground search and rescue and Lands and Forestry were contacted to assist.

Police say they have since confirmed the man is safely out of the water and are continuing a search to bring him into custody.