Jackson police: Man rescued after jumping in lake to avoid arrest

JACKSON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Police say a Hustisford man is recovering after jumping into a lake to avoid arrest the morning of Nov. 5.

According to the Jackson Police Department, a 30-year-old man with a felony warrant for his arrest was a suspect in a vehicle theft that occurred Tuesday morning.

A Jackson Police Department officer attempted to arrest the suspect at the Main Street mart in the village of Jackson. Police say when the officer confronted the suspect, who was using heroin in the bathroom, the man resisted arrest and fled on foot across the road to Lake Hasmer. 

While responding officers were searching for the suspect, police say he entered the lake and swam 50-70 feet from shore.

Officers with the Slinger Police Department entered the lake to attempt to rescue the man, who was yelling for help, but they were unable to reach him.

Jackson Fire Department personnel responded and were able to safely rescue the man with only seconds to spare.

The suspect was taken to a local hospital, and is said to be in stable condition. The two officers that entered the water were treated for exposure and released at the scene.

Police say criminal charges against the suspect are pending. 

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