KILLINGLY, Conn. (AP) --A Mansfield man was high and dry and under arrest Saturday.
State police said Liam McLaughlin, 18, was stopped for suspicion of driving while intoxicated about 9:30 p.m. Friday in Killingly. He ran from troopers as he was being placed under arrest. McLaughlin ended up swimming across the chilly Quinebaug River.
Authorities said a trooper jumped in after him, fearing for the suspect's safety because of the cold water and air temperatures. Police said McClaughlin made it to the other side and ran to a nearby home where he was apprehended without incident.
The trooper, however, spent the next three hours being treated for hypothermia at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam.
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McLaughlin was charged with several violations including D-W-I, interfering with a police officer, assault on a police officer and reckless endangerment. He was ordered held on a $25,000 bond and is due in court Jan. 16.