Freezing river helps officers put suspect on ice

CENTRALIA, Wash. -- A very cold Skookumchuck River helped pursuing officers put a fleeing suspect on ice early Saturday morning in Centralia, according to the Centralia Police Department.

According to police, officers were pursuing a car that had been driving erratically and had previously been involved in reckless-driving and hit-and-run incidents shortly after 1 a.m.

When officers were finally able to disable the vehicle near Schaefer Park, its two occupants reportedly took off running.

Damen Kroll, 24, of Centralia was quickly arrested for investigation of eluding a police vehicle, DUI and driving with a suspended license.

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Matthew Morris of Chehalis, who had been a passenger in the car, tried to get away by jumping into the Skookumchuck River, according to police.

The incredibly cold water reportedly convinced Morris to give up his escape fairly quickly, and he was arrested for investigation of obstruction.