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UPDATE: Colchester RCMP continue search for man who fled checkpoint in Bible Hill

A number of search and rescue rescue workers from Colchester, East Hants and Pictou Counties partook in a major operation based out of Truro on Saturday. They were joined by teams from the Civil Air Search and Rescue, firefighters and RCMP. All told, roughly 50 personnel were involved. Police say only that an investigation is ongoing as of the afternoon of Nov. 3. Here, a rescue worker looks on as a helicopter from the Department of Lands and Forestry lands at back at Stanfield's Ball Field in Truro, near the Salmon River on Saturday.
Search-and-rescue personnel were involved in a major operation Saturday, trying to locate a man who fled a police checkpoint early Saturday morning.

Police say suspect swam the Salmon River to evade capture

BIBLE HILL, N.S. – The search for a man who fled a police checkpoint early Saturday morning is continuing after he jumped into the Salmon River to evade police.

According to a release issued Sunday afternoon, during a checkpoint set up on Main Street in Bible Hill shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday, Bible Hill RCMP directed a man driving a truck without a licence to pull into an adjacent parking lot. The 31-year-old male driver fled the checkpoint.

A short time later police officers located the truck abandoned at a nearby parking lot. Truro Police K-9 were called to assist and the driver was found hiding on the bank of the Salmon River. As police approached, he entered the river and began swimming to the other side.

Local fire departments, East Hants Ground Search and Rescue and Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry were contacted to assist in the search Saturday.

Police have since confirmed the man safely emerged from the water and they are continuing the search to bring him into custody.

The investigation continues.

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