World Champion canoeist has a row with the police

Four months ago Davey Hearn rode the shoulders of the world’s top whitewater paddlers to the winner’s circle in Nottingham, England, having just won the world slalom canoeing championship for the second time in a 20-year racing career.

Sunday the 35-year-old gold medalist from Bethesda rode the perfect wave on the swollen, frigid Potomac, then rode a patrol wagon up MacArthur Boulevard to a booking station in Glen Echo, having been wrestled, arrested and handcuffed by U.S. Park Police. Hearn’s crime: paddling the river where he became best in the world after officers ordered him out of the water on grounds it was dangerous, a contention with which Hearn strongly disagreed.

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