Manatee man flees, hops in river, then arrested

BRADENTON -- A 41-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after he ran across six lanes of traffic on State Road 64 and jumped into the Braden River to escape police, the Bradenton Police Department reports.

One of James N. Jackson’s friends had called police at around 11:30 a.m., claiming he had entered her home and began to accuse her of calling police on him two nights before. He then told her he would shoot her if she called the police on him again, the report said.

When Jackson left, the victim called police.

Using a description given by the friend, officers spotted Jackson walking in the 3900 block of State Road 64. Jackson ran northbound across six lanes of traffic after an officer stepped out of his car to speak to him, the report stated. Jackson then dropped his bookbag and jumped into the Braden River.

A helicopter unit was called, as well as the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office marine and canine units.

Jackson was confronted by a sergeant who had commandeered a boat from a citizen in the area, the report said; the sergeant convinced Jackson to surrender.

While in custody, Jackson said he did not understand his rights after they were read to him because he was cold, the report stated. He was brought to Manatee Memorial Hospital and treated for cold exposure before being transported to Manatee County jail.

Jackson has been charged with burglary, simple battery and resisting arrest without violence. He was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.