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Suspect swims out to sea in escape attempt, caught at neighbouring beach

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

(Surf City Police Department/Facebook)

(Surf City Police Department/Facebook)

SURF CITY, N.C. — Authorities in Surf City, North Carolina, say a fleeing suspect swam out to sea before being arrested more than three hours later at a neighbouring town’s beachfront.

Surf City police said in a news release that an officer stopped a driver Wednesday and spotted “illegal contraband.”

They said the driver jumped into the ocean and police used a drone to follow the swimming suspect. It recorded video footage of a shark swimming about 60 feet (18 metres) from him before it turned away. The drone lost sight of him after an hour, more than 4,000 feet (1,219 metres) offshore.

After a sea and air search by multiple agencies, 20-year-old Zachary Kingsbury of Lynnwood, Washington was arrested near a beach access point in North Topsail. He faces multiple drug charges.