A driver who crashed a Jeep into the Columbia River was arrested after swimming away from the accident and spending nearly four hours in the water Friday.
Joshua Peter Tonder, 27, was transported to the hospital where he was issued citations for Reckless Driving, Hit and Run, Attempt to Elude, Driving While Suspended, Driving Uninsured, and Careless Driving. A resident of Burlington, Wash., Tonder remained at the hospital being treated for hypothermia.
According to police, at 2:11 a.m. on July 5, North Precinct officers responded to the report of a car over an embankment and into the Columbia River in the 500 block of North Bridgeton Road. Officers contacted the caller at Blue Frog Landing who told them that she didn't have a description of the car but that it was totally submerged.
Officers called for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Portland Fire & Rescue boats to respond to the scene. The MCSO Dive Team was activated and responded to the scene. Both MCSO and Portland Fire searched the river while Portland Police searched the riverbank.
A person was spotted in the river but then disappeared again. Officers believe the person swam out of the area. He was found in the river nearly four hours later and arrested, however.