Suspect Dives into Lake To Escape, But Had No Idea Boater Was Watching


If you’re trying to outrun someone, you have to be smart. It’s rarely about how fast you are, but rather how clever you are: how well you can read your opponent, how well you know your surroundings, and how well you can use that information to your advantage.

On Sept. 5, one 23-year-old learned how important it is to look before you leap. Charles Chandler Raines led the police on a merry chase before finding himself in a bit of a predicament.

The young man was in cahoots with Shelie Kaye Sadler, also a 23-year-old, and they were attempting to steal a 1995 Chevrolet Van.

It was early in the morning, around 8:30 a.m., when a deputy from the area happened on the duo while they were filling up the van at a gas station.

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The deputy noticed that the car fit the description of a missing vehicle, so he asked the two young people about it. They said they were “just checking it out,” according to the Index-Journal.

The deputy, not so easily fooled, then asked Sadler why, if the car was not hers, she was about to fill it with gas. Her answer was not provided.

What resulted was a scuffle between the deputy and Raines, who already had a warrant out for his arrest. First, the deputy tried to handcuff Raines. That failed.

Next, he tried to tase Raines, but he missed. Some good Samaritans attempted to help out the officer, but the first person who tried to block Raines’ escape with his car was avoided.

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Running out of options, Raines ran off down the road, toward a bridge, and then jumped off the bridge. The problem was, he wasn’t quite up to the task.

By that time, the situation was no longer isolated. Bystanders had seen what was transpiring and other officers were on their way.

Seeing Raines holding fast to the bridge support, the deputy tried to convince him to swim over, but Raines protested that he was too tired. There’s a sticky situation: He jumped into the river to escape but ended up even more trapped than before.

Fortunately for the officer (and unfortunately for Raines) a boater had also seen what was happening and offered to give the deputy a lift directly to Raines.

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Ultimately, the vehicle turned out to be stolen, and both Raines and Sadler were arrested. This was not either of their first offenses, though Sadler was released on bond.

While Raines probably learned that it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and your own personal limitations, hopefully both of them have learned that a life of crime doesn’t pay.

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