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Man who jumped into Salmon River to evade police has been charged

Bible Hill man to appear to court on Dec. 12.

BIBLE HILL, N.S. – A Bible Hill man who jumped into the Salmon River on Saturday to evade capture is to appear in provincial court on Dec. 12 to enter a plea to a charge of obstructing police.

Matthew Richard Heim, 31, of Main Street was also charged with driving while his license was revoked.

Heim, who turned himself in to police on Monday was released from custody on a court undertaking and must adhere to a curfew between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily.

Heim was initially pulled over by RCMP officers who were conducting spot checks on Main Street on Saturday. After officers determined he did not have a driver’s licence, he was directed to pull into an adjacent parking lot. Instead, however, he fled the scene and police officers located his abandoned truck shortly after at a nearby parking lot.

The Truro Police K-9 unit was then called to assist and the driver was located hiding on the bank of Salmon River. As police approached, he jumped into the river and swam to the other side. Local fire departments, as well as Ground Search and Rescue teams from Colchester, East Hants and Pictou, as well as the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry, were contacted to assist in the search.

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