Kansas City police officers waded into Brush Creek early Friday to arrest a man who tried to escape them by jumping into the water.
The incident began a little after 2 a.m. Friday after officers stopped the man at a gas station in the 4600 block of Prospect Avenue, according to reports.
When officers asked the man for his driver’s license, he looked up at them, smiled and said, “I’m out,” according to the reports.
He then drove off, but he immediately crashed his car on the end of the Brush Creek bridge over Prospect. The man then fled from his car and jumped into the creek.
He swam out to the middle of the creek into chest-deep water and continued to swim back and forth for 10 to 15 minutes. At some point he stripped down to his underwear.
Police called for firefighters trained in water rescue, but when firefighters tried to contact the man, he grabbed a log and started swinging it at them, according to reports.
Several officers then went in and arrested him. He was taken to a hospital to be checked for possible injuries.