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Man walks into river to evade traffic stop, drowns

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Posted: Jul 27, 2014 4:43 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Drowning, Mississippi, Harrison County, D'Iberville, Tchoutacabouffa River

D'IBERVILLE, Miss. - Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove says searchers have found the body of a 21-year-old man who walked backward into a river rather than face a traffic stop.

He says an autopsy will be performed Monday on James Dwight King of D'Iberville.

King's body was found Sunday afternoon near the spot where he went in Saturday.

D'Iberville police spokesman Clay Jones says King fled from a traffic stop, stopped his truck on a bridge, and walked backward into the Tchoutacabouffa River while officers talked to him.

Chief Wayne Payne says officers tried unsuccessfully to get him to leave the water. They dove in after King began to struggle, shouting that he could not swim. He went under before they could reach him.

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