TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - Deputies arrest man who jumped into Hillsborough River after car crash
Deputies arrested a man who tried to flee the scene of a car crash by jumping into the Hillsborough River.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said a detective in an unmarked car was rear ended by a gray Ford Mustang while he was stopped at a traffic light on Bruce B Downs Blvd around 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The detective told the driver, identified as 43-year-old Jack Knapper, to pull over after the crash. Instead, the sheriff's office said the suspect fled the scene.
A witness who saw the crash called HCSO and followed the fleeing Mustang to I-75, just north of the Fletcher Avenue exit.
That's where the witness said Knapper got out of the car and ran into a heavily wooded area before jumping into the river.
Once the sheriff's office's aviation unit located Knapper in the water, a deputy and an FHP trooper jumped into the river to arrest him.
"We couldn't have asked for a better outcome in this case. Our HCSO deputies and FHP troopers worked together seamlessly to take a dangerous driver off of the road and take him into custody without anyone getting hurt," Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement.
Knapper was charged with leaving the scene of a crash, fleeing to elude, driving without a valid license and resisting arrest without violence.
Investigators said he could face a possible DUI charge as well.
Knapper was taken to Tampa General Hospital to get checked for exhaustion, the sheriff's office said.