Immediately upon making the jump, the thought that ran through his head was undoubtedly “This was a bad idea.” The North Carolina man did everything he could to elude police. He went as far as to jump in the ocean and try to swim away, but unknowingly he was just feet away from a shark.
Zachary Kingsbury, 20, was pulled over for a traffic stop just before 5 p.m. in Surf City, according to WECT.
He allegedly tried to escape when officers spotted illegal contraband inside the vehicle and asked him to exit the car. Kingsbury jumped into the ocean and began swimming away, leading to an hours-long standoff, officials said.
Police released a drone to help spot the man who had been swimming for nearly an hour. Police reported that the man was roughly 4,000 feet from the shore when he was finally spotted. Quite an impressive swimmer!
“At that point, the operation became a rescue operation,” police said in a statement. Police were able to nab Kingsbury about 7:45 p.m., according to the Charlotte Observer.