Man jumps off boat in Clearwater, hides in water to evade authorities

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) – A man who jumped off a boat and tried to hide after being spotted by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent now faces an obstruction of justice charge.

The incident happened early Tuesday near Shephard’s Beach Resort in Clearwater.

A spokesman for Clearwater police said in a news release that the intoxicated man tried to hide in a channel known for dangerous currents when a Clearwater Fire and Rescue crew tried to pick him up.

He was eventually captured and taken to the Pinellas County Jail.

Authorities haven’t released his name.

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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