A 17-year-old faces charges despite diving in the Little Ossippee River in Limington in an effort to escape sheriff’s deputies Tuesday night.

A York County Sheriff’s deputy spotted a suspicious car parked along Sand Pond Road at 6:15 p.m. and discovered a group of young people drinking. One young man, who appeared intoxicated, ran rather than give identification and jumped into the river near Edgecomb’s Bridge, the sheriff’s office said.

The deputy did not see the boy resurface and feared he had been swept downriver in the swift current. The deputy called for help from other deputies, State Police troopers, wardens and rescue workers from Limington, Limerick and Standish.

They searched for an hour before a neighbor said a boy had turned up in her driveway, soaking wet, and said he had fallen in. She gave him a ride to a relative’s house in Standish not realizing police were looking for him.

Police were able to identify the 17-year-old suspect and say they anticipate bringing charges.