LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. -- Apparently one resisting arrest charge wasn’t quite enough to persuade a man stopped near Backwater Jack’s at the 18-mile marker to follow the rules.
Apparently one resisting arrest charge wasn’t quite enough to persuade a man stopped near Backwater Jack’s at the 18-mile marker to follow the rules. In his attempts to avoid being arrested by the Missouri Water Patrol, the man jumped overboard twice after getting Maced. The second time, he found himself floundering in the pitch-black water trying to make his getaway with his hands cuffed behind his back and a lifejacket slowing down his efforts to flee. Just when officers who work the lake think they have seen everything, someone else comes along who always seems to outdo the others. Last weekend was no exception. What started as a routine late-night stop for a lighting violation took a turn for the worse when the driver of the vessel decided he didn’t want to go to jail. By the time the suspect was in custody, the list of offenses had grown from a lighting violation to include a boating while intoxicated and two resisting arrest charges. According to the patrol, the incident took place shortly before midnight July 27. At the time, the closest backup officer was nearly 10 minutes away, leaving the first officer on his own to deal with suspect. The suspect was fished out of the water the first time after the patrol officer had asked him to board the Water Patrol boat for a field sobriety test and breathalyzer. After failing, the suspect turned around and baled out over the side. He swam to his boat that was drifting near the shoreline. The officer had to help the suspect back in the Water Patrol boat after convincing him that it wasn’t a good idea to try to flee. Just when the officer thought he had the suspect under control, the man jumped up on the boat railing and continued to be disruptive. At that point the officer Maced the suspect. He then handcuffed the suspect, who continued to wrestle, and managed to hold him down until the second officer arrived. With the help of the other officer, the suspect was placed in a lifejacket. At that point, the suspect seemed to have calmed down. But just as the arresting officer started idling out of the cove, the suspect jumped up and flung himself over the side of the boat a second time. The two officers pulled their boats alongside the suspect, waited a few seconds for him to stop thrashing around in the water and then fished him out. He was taken to the Camden County Jail. The name of the suspect has not been released. Contact this reporter at firstname.lastname@example.org.