DERRY TOWNSHIP, DAUPHIN COUNTY—Police say a man jumped into a raging Swatara Creek last night while they were interviewing him on suspicion of public intoxication. The man, Dustin Roeting, 28, of Hershey, and a female were on Sandbeach Road near the Swatara Creek Bridge and were looking like they might be intoxicated when police arrived. While they were asking questions, Roeting jumped into the creek, which was at or near flood stage because of the heavy rains yesterday and was swept away in the rapid current. Police say one of their officers risked his own safety in an attempt to prevent the subject from going in the water and fell into the creek himself.
The police searched for Roeting, along with the Hershey Fire Department, multiple Water Rescue Units from Dauphin and Lebanon County as well as Troopers from Pennsylvania State Police Troop H and Aviation. Approximately two hours later, the subject was located approximately one-half mile down stream on the north side of the Swatara Creek and taken into custody.
Roeting is charged with two counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and one count each of Causing or Risking a Catastrophe, Disorderly Conduct and Public Drunkenness. Roeting is drying out in Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.