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Police Save Fleeing Perp Drowning in River

The AP via YellowBrix

December 22, 2009

TAMPA, Fla. – A Zephyrhills man reportedly trying to get away from Tampa police had to be rescued by an officer after jumping into the Hillsborough River.

Police say 34-year-old Craig Kendrick was driving a suspected stolen vehicle with his two teenage sons early Monday morning, when an officer tried to pull him over. The car crashed after a short chase. Police say Kendrick jumped in the nearby river and swam about 30 yards before stopping and calling for help. Officer Mark Vazquez used the back seat from a police vehicle to swim out to Kendrick and pull him onto shore, where he was treated for hypothermia and chest pain.

Kendrick was charged with armed robbery, grand theft and other charges. He was being held without bail.

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