A Lacey man faces criminal charges after he jumped into Hood Canal to avoid arrest near Port Ludlow last weekend.
It gets worse.
The 36-year-old man had to be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Sunday evening to be treated for hypothermia, according to the Peninsula Daily News.
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the man was pulled over shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday. He told the deputy his license was suspended; the deputy then found he had a felony warrant out for a residential burglary in Mason County.
The suspect ignored commands to exit the vehicle. When the deputy opened the driver’s side door to remove him, the suspect drove away down a dead-end road.
“The suspect vehicle slid to a stop at the end of the road and the driver exited and ran toward the beach,” according to a sheriff’s office news release. “The driver stopped about 25 feet into the water and turned toward the deputy, apparently checking to see if the deputy had followed him into the water.”
When the deputy tried to talk the suspect into coming back to shore, the suspect swam farther way.
He was removed from the water after about an hour and a half. By then his body temperature had dropped to 81 degrees, according to medics on scene.
The sheriff’s office recommended the suspect be charged with felony eluding, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license.