A California man who was wanted on felony drug charges spent seven hours in the ocean on Sunday night in a futile effort to avoid being captured by police.
Police were approaching 46-year-old John Michael White on the street in Coronado, Calif., when he took off running toward the beach and removing his clothes. He stayed in the water while lifeguards, Coronado police and members of the Coast Guard and the Navy Shore Patrol kept him surrounded.
“He was actually in and out of the water trying to play a cat-and-mouse game with officers on shore,” said Chief John Bolduc of the San Diego Harbor Police.
White continued to threaten to injure anyone who approached him even as helicopters buzzed overhead and K-9 patrol units waited on shore. Finally, at about 5:00 a.m., a Harbor Police dive team was called in, Fox News reported.
“Our police divers are excellent swimmers," Bolduc said. "They all have training to dive in very difficult environments. One officer approached him from the front one approached him from behind. They were able to take him under water and subdue him.”
After White was taken into custody he was brought to the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest for observation. He now faces a charge of resisting arrest in addition to the drug charges.
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