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Leechburg police to charge man after search-and-rescue

| Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007

Leechburg police plan to cite a borough man for public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and possibly other violations after he led authorities on a search-and-rescue operation Friday night near the Kiski River.

Chief Mike Diebold said police received a call shortly after 9 p.m. that the man was in distress and needed medical attention. Two passersby stopped to help the man, but when they called police, the man fled.

Diebold would not identify the man because police had not filed charges as of Friday.

The chief said authorities located the man near the river. The man made suicidal comments, Diebold said, and knew police were looking for him. That's why he faces disorderly conduct charges.

Diebold said police escorted the man back to his apartment and did not take him to a local hospital. Much of the incident was due to the man allegedly being drunk, the chief said.

Firefighters and police from several area departments responded.

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