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Fort Worth police say man tried to elude them by swimming

FORT WORTH -- A Weatherford man who was on probation for evading arrest last year was in police custody again Thursday, this time for evading officers by jumping into a lake, police said.

James Carney, 23, was being held Thursday afternoon at the Fort Worth jail after his earlier arrests for evading detention and possession of marijuana, according to police reports.

The incident began at about 8:25 a.m. when officers tried to make a traffic stop on Carney, who was riding a motorcycle in the 4800 block of Marine Creek Parkway near the Northwest Campus of Tarrant County College, police said.

"The suspect jumped off his motorcycle on campus property and jumped into Marine Creek Lake and began a long swim," said Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman.

Officers thought he might have come out of the water and was hiding in a wooded area nearby, which they searched on the ground and with a police helicopter overhead.

But, Henderson said, the man "eventually stopped on the west side of the lake and hid underneath a dock."

A Code Blue Citizen On Patrol spotted the man and helped direct the helicopter to the area, Henderson said.

The flight crew, he added, "quickly located the dock and hovered over it until officers arrived ready to drag him out, which they did."

He was arrested about one hour after the chase began, police said.

Henderson said Carney "was wanted on a probation violation warrant for, interestingly enough, evading arrest."

State criminal court records show that Carney was arrested for evading arrest on Jan. 8, 2007, in Haltom City. He pleaded guilty and received 48 months probation, the records show.

"He now faces evading arrest for today's episode," Henderson said.