Police: Man Wades Chest-High in River to Escape Arrest

Suspect accused of hiding backpack full of marijuana on Rappahannock River bank

By Tonya LaFleur
|  Saturday, May 5, 2012  |  Updated 9:11 AM EDT
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Police: Man Wades Chest-High in River to Escape Arrest

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A man’s desperate attempt to elude arrest on Friday had him wading chest-high in the Rappahannock River, according to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office.
 
Michael Bryan Sager, 29, was pulled over around 9:30 a.m. near the Falmouth Bridge for having his tag in the front window of his truck.  While the sergeant was giving him a citation, he took off, according to the Stafford Sheriff’s Office.
 
Back-up units arrived, including a K-9 unit.
 
Sager ran through the woods and into the Rappahannock River, according to the police report. A bystander snapped a photo of showing a man wading in chest-high water.
 
Fredericksburg police joined Stafford County in the search, but could not find Sager.
 
Sager turned himself into Stafford County Sheriff’s Office about three hours later.
 
Stafford County deputies discovered what may have made Sager go through such lengths. They later found a backpack with several marijuana-filled bags on an island in the river.
 
Sager is charged with Obstruction of Justice, Possession of Marijuana and Possession with Intent to Distribute. He is being held on a $2,500 bond.

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