Intoxicated man swims out of Columbia River, arrested after pushing firefighter

Intoxicated man swims out of Columbia River, arrested after pushing firefighter
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A man is heading to jail for allegedly pushing a firefighter after swimming out of the Columbia River.

Around 4:20 p.m. police were called out for a possible water rescue at the Columbia Point Marina. According to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, an intoxicated man stripped down to his underwear and swam across the river.

Officials say he got back to shore on his own and did not do anything illegal. However, when he got out of the water, deputies say the man pushed a Richland firefighter to “see if his life jacket worked.”

The man was arrested.