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Man rescued from Rock River after jumping in to avoid arrest

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JANESVILLE (WKOW)—A 52-year-old man jumped in to the Rock River, attempting to flee police officers, and had to be rescued.

According to the Janesville Police Department, just after 6 pm Tuesday, an officer stopped a vehicle on North Main St., East of Centerway Dr. The driver of the vehicle, Bradley Bobzien, fled. The officer chased Bobzien, who ran toward the river and intentionally jumped in near the Centerway Dam.

Several Officers from the Janesville Police Department responded and deployed water rescue tools in an attempt to recover Mr. Bobzien. He floated south in the river and under the Milwaukee Street Bridge where it was apparent that he was in distress, according to Janesville Police. Officers finally convinced Bobzien to hold the rescue rope until Janesville Fire and Paramedic staff could get a recovery boat in the water.

Bobzien was rescued just south of the Milwaukee Street Bridge at about 6:40 pm. A combination of a ladder and rescue ropes were used to facilitate the rescue by both police and fire personnel. Bobzien was transported to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center for treatment related to his time in the water.

He is currently being held at the Rock County Jail on an outstanding warrant.

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