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River bandit receives two years in prison in Garfield County

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A man who evaded police by jumping into the Colorado River in April received a two-year prison sentence on Aug. 27, in 9th Judicial District Court.

Dryden Kenneth McIntosh, 37, pleaded guilty in four separate cases in June, two of which were felonies.

McIntosh received two years in the Colorado Department of Corrections for aggravated motor vehicle theft, and 18 months for aggravated driving after revocation, habitual traffic offender.



The judge also handed down two six-month jail sentences in the other two cases dating to 2007 of misdemeanor vehicle theft and another misdemeanor theft charge.

All sentences are concurrent.



The two-year sentence came in the most recent of McIntosh’s criminal cases. McIntosh pleaded guilty to stealing a Honda dirt bike from Hi Points Motorsports in Glenwood Springs in early April 2009.

According to an arrest affidavit, the motorcycle was left at the shop for service and McIntosh cut through a chain-link fence to get the bike through.

McIntosh was arrested on an active warrant on April 6, after Glenwood Police spotted him walking along Devereux Road. He attempted to elude police by jumping into the Colorado River.



Police said that McIntosh jumped into the river, swam across it and crawled out near the West Glenwood Rest Area. McIntosh then attempted to run across Interstate 70 but turned around and jumped into the river a second time to avoid arrest.

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue were called to assist in rescuing McIntosh from a rock in the middle of the Colorado River, just east of the South Canyon exit, where he was stranded after being carried more than two miles downstream.

When rescuers reached McIntosh he was hypothermic. He was transported to Valley View Hospital and treated for hypothermia and minor cuts and bruises. He was released the next day and booked into the Garfield County Jail.

But before being taken to the Department of Corrections, McIntosh was in court again Monday for a separate 2007 drug paraphernalia possession case. According to the court clerk officials, he is currently awaiting trial on that case.

jgardner@postindependent.com


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