Man Jumps Into River Trying To Escape Local Officers

Gary Williams (Jail photo)
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TEMPLE (April 1, 2014) A man who jumped into the Leon River in Temple Tuesday morning while trying to escape pursuing police was arrested when he finally climbed out of the water.

Temple police Cpl. Christopher Wilcox said Temple police were chasing the man who was driving a vehicle southbound on Interstate 35 when the driver pulled over near mile marker 294, got out of his car in the parking lot of the River Forest Inn.

The suspect ran to the edge of the Leon River and jumped in, Wilcox said.

Police from Temple and Belton, a Bell County Constable and Bell County Sheriff’s deputies, fire units and an EMS unit all could be seen at the bridge just before noon.

The river passes under the Interstate at a bridge between Temple and Belton on Interstate 35.

After about 30 minutes moving up and down stream in the center of the river, the man finally got out of the water and turned himself over to officers, Wilcox said.

The suspect, identified as Gary Williams, 41, of Austin, was taken to the Bell County Jail to be booked, Wilcox said.

Wilcox said Williams has a warrant outstanding from Bell County and was wanted on a state parole violation.

Wilcox said Williams faces the warrant charges and will be charged with evading arrest.