A Charleston man died Friday night after jumping into the Big Coal River while fleeing from pursuing Boone County Sheriff's Deputies, according to the Sheriff's Department.
James Alfred King III, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Chief Deputy Chad Barker, of the Boone County Sheriff's Department.
Four deputies were treated at a nearby hospital for hypothermia-like symptoms, Barker said, after they spotted King floating unresponsive in the river and they jumped in to rescue him. A second man who jumped into the river was arrested.
At about 6 p.m. on Friday, deputies went to a home in Bloomingrose to arrest King, who was wanted for failure to appear in Kanawha County Circuit Court for methamphetamine charges, Barker said. King was also wanted for felony charges in Virginia, Barker said.
"We had learned that this individual made some specific threats against law enforcement so we got a group together to go obtain him," he said.
While deputies were at the house, a truck pulled up in the driveway and two men jumped out, Barker said, running in opposite directions. The men ran toward the Big Coal River and split up.
Deputies quickly located one man and pulled him out of the river to arrest him. David Douglas Griffy, 50, of Charleston, is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, Barker said.
Deputies spent about an hour searching for the second man, believed to be King.
"We tracked him to the edge of the river and spent some time trying to locate him," Barker said. "We located him later a couple hundred yards downstream."
It appears King had been in the river the entire hour that deputies searched for him, Barker said.
The four deputies who jumped into the river were treated at Boone County Memorial Hospital and released. Barker said they have fully recovered.
Griffy is in Southwestern Regional Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.Reach Travis Crum at travis.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.