Man nabbed after jumping into Murray

A man who allegedly stole a motorbike then led police on a wild chase had to be pulled out of the Murray River after he jumped in to evade capture.

The pursuit began on Renmark Road in Wentworth last night, entered a local caravan park, then came to a halt when the road ended at a boat ramp.

"Police ... allege the man dropped the bike, removed his helmet and jumped into the Murray River and started to swim away from police," a statement from NSW Police said.

But officers commandeered a nearby boat, arrested the man and returned him to shore.

The 36-year-old Dareton man has now been charged with dangerous driving, driving while suspended and possessing stolen goods.

He appeared in Mildura Local Court on Saturday, where he was refused bail to reappear in Broken Hill Local Court on Monday.

© AAP 2017

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