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Police Say Hunt Continues for DUI Suspect Who Fled by Jumping into Corte Madera Creek

After being pulled over on suspicion of DUI, man sprinted down College Ave., jumped a fence and jumped into creek, police say.

By Bay City News Service

Police are searching for a man who evaded officers by jumping into a creek after being pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence in unincorporated Marin County this morning, a Ross police chief said.

Officers pulled the man over at about 12:30 a.m. on suspicion of drunk driving in the area of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and College Avenue, near the College of Marin, Ross police Chief Erik Masterson said.

The man was asked to get out of his car, at which point he fled down College Avenue toward the Corte Madera Creek, Masterson said.

With officers chasing, the man climbed a fence and jumped into the creek, the police chief said.

Masterson said officers followed the man, who was swimming away from them, along the creek, using flashlights to keep an eye on him.

When officers reached a point where they couldn't follow the man any further, they lost sight of him, he said.

Several agencies joined in the search, using a swift-water rescue boat to track the man down, but he was not found, Masterson said.

The search was called off at about 4:45 a.m., he said. Masterson said the search will resume when daylight breaks, around 7 a.m.

Agencies included in the search include Marin County sheriff's office, Twin Cities, Fairfax, Ross and College of Marin police, and Southern Marin, Kentfield, Ross Valley and Marin County fire.

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Life in the Bubble December 24, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Police and fire serve to protect ALL people, even stupid ones. Most of the costs are fixed as well. By your logic, fire and EMS also shouldn't serve anyone with self inflicted health problems as well (such as smoking-related, obesity-related, alcohol/drug-related health problems). Not to mention those who set their homes on fire through carelessness.
Taxpayer December 25, 2012 at 05:46 AM
I don't get it. You complain when they sit in there cars and engines. And you complain when there trying to help. What do you want? You have no idea what your talking about. We pay taxes for them to be there when we the people need them, regardless of our age, sex, race or IQ. Stop your uneducated sniveling.
Kristin Richards December 25, 2012 at 02:15 PM
As a family member, I am DISGUSTED that in a case of possible tragedy on Christmas eve... anyone would dare mention cost benefit or police resources. Seriously, thank you to all of you who acted like you have human emotions and are not a robotic and heartless asshole. To all others, Merry Christmas... I truly hope your holiday is wonderful and spent feeling safe and secure under the trusty watch of the police who you value so much more than human life. Sickening.
Citizen December 25, 2012 at 06:36 PM
The Marin patch moderator does not like name calling, you and your herd.
Bob December 25, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Wow, presumably you're disgusted because it happened on your self-righteous holiday, and then you promptly call everyone an "heartless asshole." Clearly the whole idea of the holiday has escaped you completely.
Kristin Richards December 25, 2012 at 09:26 PM
"Suspected DUI" is not equivalent to "drunk driving and putting others lives in danger" Anyone can be pulled over for a rolling stop and then be screened. Just to clarify, it's not my holiday- nor am I as self-righteous as anyone who would say that a law enforcement officer trying to rescue someone who is in any dangerous situation "a waste of time and resources that could be used elsewhere". I'm not really sure how to respond to the comment about a herd? It just seems like ignorance, but how appropriate. And I didn't call everyone a heartless asshole, just the two of you. Feel free to resume whoevers holiday it is, judging everyone else.
Citizen December 25, 2012 at 11:21 PM
If the guy is not under any influence, why did he run away..which is a charge in itself. And it would be he who is putting himself in a possible dangerous situation. As I said dumb.
Kevin Moore December 26, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Sounds like he made it out of the creek alive, which is good. Getting the car back probably won't be too easy or cheap. Especially if the patrol car has a video dash-cam capturing the "dash 'n swim" event. The police have to chase someone as they don't know if the guy is a scofflaw that panicked, medically impaired, a drunk, or a murder suspect. It would not look good if they let a murderer get away. They never know, so they chase those who run.
Anonymous December 27, 2012 at 01:33 AM
To all of you with negative comments, you DISGUST me. This is one of my friends. Despite his mistake, he is not a strong swimmer, has asthma, and is now missing. The water was 10 feet deep and flowing quickly. This could just as easily be one of your children. This is not a matter of money, but a matter of saving my friend's life.
Anonymous333 December 27, 2012 at 01:34 AM
To all of you with negative comments, you DISGUST me. This is one of my friends. Despite his mistake, he is not a strong swimmer, has asthma, and is now missing. The water was 10 feet deep and flowing quickly. This could just as easily be one of your children. This is not a matter of money, but a matter of saving my friend's life.
William Bertram December 27, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Not that you yourself lack an 'Education' but the correct words are: "Their" and "They're", NOT 'there' and 'there'...And PLEASE don't lecture others on their IQ or being "Uneducated". You are just not equipped at the moment!~
Citizen December 27, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Whoi is missing? Did someone file a missing person's report to the police? I haven't seen it.
susie December 28, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I'm praying for a miracle that somehow your friend is found alive.
Charlie Potatoes December 28, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Right on, Kristin. You're spot on.
Charlie Potatoes December 28, 2012 at 12:45 AM
You can say that again. I am so sorry--not sure why people are being so cold and judgmental--must be missing a sensitivity chip. I hope he is found alive and well.
Charlie Potatoes December 28, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Did someone file a missing report on your brain?
Charlie Potatoes December 28, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Because we care about you, Citizen.
Jessica Mullins (Editor) December 28, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Ok y'all, I know this is an emotional issue for some and a passionate issue for others, but please, please, please, keep it civil and respectful. I'll delete any other personal attacks I see. There's no need for name calling.
Charlie Potatoes December 28, 2012 at 05:08 AM
I am sorry, Ms. Mullins. But it did not remotely occur to me that ANYONE would question the police for searching for a fellow human being. Because he made a mistake he should be allowed to drown? Who here has not made a mistake in their life time? And it also seems to be the police are damned if they do, damned if they don't. Had they not searched for this young man, the outcry would be ear splitting and rightfully so. But okay, no more name calling. As the young folk say, my bad.
Jessica Mullins (Editor) December 28, 2012 at 05:59 PM
We just posted an update to this story: http://patch.com/A-0FqQ
Citizen December 28, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Mr. Potatoes: Just read the follow-up article in the Patch and his rap sheet.. ONE MISTAKE huh.
Jazzmine December 29, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Joe Cain, and citizen. So because Anthony was possible drinking, which that still isn't a fact, the police shouldn't look for him or try to help his family find him, when he could possibly be in a dangerous situation. Ok so every joe Cain and citizen think that if any of us humans get ourselfs into a dangerous situation that we should suffer? Or be abandoned? I completely disagree. If he isn't guilty, why did he run? He already had a court date for something else, so is that a rhetorical question. He's young and he ran. Anyone commenting on here with negativity is beyond heartless, it's not name calling, it's a verb. You have no heart, to sit here and say such mean things. There's a family heartbroken and sad for the holidays, there's a mom, two brothers, and one sister looking for him. I wouldn't wish that upon anyone. yes JOE CAIN he had a fuckin record, what about it? SERIOUSLY! WHAT ABOUT IT?!!????!!!!
Jazzmine December 29, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Joe Cain, and citizen. So because Anthony was possible drinking, which that still isn't a fact, the police shouldn't look for him or try to help his family find him, when he could possibly be in a dangerous situation. Ok so every joe Cain and citizen think that if any of us humans get ourselfs into a dangerous situation that we should suffer? Or be abandoned? I completely disagree. If he isn't guilty, why did he run? He already had a court date for something else, so is that a rhetorical question. He's young and he ran. Anyone commenting on here with negativity is beyond heartless, it's not name calling, it's a verb. You have no heart, to sit here and say such mean things. There's a family heartbroken and sad for the holidays, there's a mom, two brothers, and one sister looking for him. I wouldn't wish that upon anyone. yes JOE CAIN he had a fuckin record, what about it? SERIOUSLY! WHAT ABOUT IT?!!????!!!!
citizen ajax December 30, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Grammar correction before you call others "uneducated". 2nd sentence use 'their'. 3rd sentence use 'they're'.
Grandma Mo December 30, 2012 at 11:01 PM
I love you Jazzie - I'm very proud of you for speaking your mind, and I pray that Anthony is found safe and sound and that his family finds peace. Jazzmine's Grandma Mo
Marinnativ3 December 31, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Welcome to Marin county! Home of heartless stone throwers, money changers, dirtbag lawyers, and other scumbag holier than now vultures. I pray for this kid, and all the others who have been persecuted and attacked in Marin county. My home, which now resembles a post apocalyptic roman empire. Moving to montana soon, or maybe alaska?
Marinnativ3 December 31, 2012 at 12:59 AM
This is a sad, sad story. God bless this poor kid and his family. I am so sorry. I hope he turns out ok and the court has some understanding for the stress and agony that young people are under that led to this tragic mistake. He obviously made a mistake and does that deserve a death sentence and a condemnation by the peanut gallery??? Truly a sad, and sick society we live in here.
Marinnativ3 December 31, 2012 at 01:03 AM
A bunch of sick and twisted scumbags live here. I don't know how they took over this once beautiful land. Worst part is, that some of them have badges, guns, work for the system and in positions of authority over the common people.
Marinnativ3 December 31, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Must be nice throwing stones from behind your computer in your glass house.
Rico December 31, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Moving to Montana soon, are you going to become a dental floss tycoon ? Yippy-I owe-Ty-Yay ! Frank Zappa

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