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Police arrest suspect after rescuing him in Flathead Lake

Posted at 9:49 AM, Aug 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-03 11:49:53-04

(GREAT FALLS) At about 11:15 p.m. on Wednesday, officers from the Polson Police Department were investigating a complaint of an drunk and disorderly man at the KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino. The man was identified as Torrey Morigeau.

In a Facebook post, the Polson Police Department said that in an effort to escape the officers, Morigeau jumped into Flathead Lake and started to swim away.

Officers radioed dispatch to have a Lake County Search & Rescue boat respond to assist. Officers watched  Morigeau for signs of distress and tried to get him to return to shore, but he refused.

One Morigeau got about 120 feet out into the water, he began to show signs of distress.

Sergeant George Simpson and Lake County Sheriff’s deputy Brian Hines removed their duty gear, donned life-vests, and swam out to rescue him.

They got him back to shore and took him into custody.

Morigeau was arrested on pending charges of public nuisance and resisting arrest, and was booked into the Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribal Detention Center.

The Facebook post concludes: "The team work demonstrated by your Polson Police Department, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Flathead Tribal Police, Polson Ambulance Crew, Lake County Search and Rescue, and Lake County 911 Communications center all contributed to the peaceful resolution and safe recovery of Mr. Morigeau. Our community should be proud of their public safety team."

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