Authorities in Surf City, North Carolina say that a suspect who was running from law enforcement was able to be apprehended, but the assistance in his capture came from the animal kingdom.
According to the Surf City Police Department, they stopped a driver for a routine traffic violation when an officer noticed narcotics in the vehicle.
The traffic stop occurred near the town's beachfront, and once the officer told 20 year old Zachary Kingsbury, of Lynnwood, Washington to step out of the vehicle that's when he darted off on foot.
The officer said he was shocked when Kingsbury jumped into the ocean after he gave chase, which led to authorities from multiple agencies searching the nearby ocean to find the fugitive.
After a three hour search officers were near ready to call off the manhunt, when a police drone spotted sharks circling what appeared to be a man in the ocean more than 4,000 feet offshore.
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Officers were then able to apprehend the man, but he's lucky he escaped with his life. At one point the sharks came within a few dozen feet of Kingsbury looking for their next meal.
Kingsbury said that he jumped into the ocean because he was “scared of getting in trouble”, and that he realizes it was a huge mistake.
"They told me there were a couple sharks circling me, but I didn't see any sharks when I was in the water, so I was not aware of that at the time," Kingsbury said.
Kingsbury now faces multiple drug charges and will be detained in the nearby county jail until arraignment.
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