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Man jumps into Leon River to evade police

TEMPLE, TX (KXXV) - A 41-year-old Austin man jumped in the Leon River near Temple to get away from officers Tuesday because he had active warrants out for his arrest.

Temple officers tried to stop a vehicle Tuesday morning, just after 11:30 a.m., that was heading southbound on I-35 near mile marker 295. The driver would not stop for officers, who turned on their signals, and eventually exited I-35 at exit 294B and stopped in the parking of River Forrest Inn.

The driver got out of his car and headed north while fleeing on foot. He then jumped into the Leon River to try and get away from pursuing officers.

Officers from the Temple Police Department, Belton Police Department, Precinct 3 Constables Office, and the Bell County Sheriff’s Department set up a perimeter on both banks of the river.

The suspect remained in the river for about 30 minutes to get away from police. The man eventually left the river and surrendered himself to officers.

Officers identified the man as Gary Williams, from Austin. Police say Williams had active arrest warrants from the Bell County Sheriff's Department and the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole for parole violations.

Williams is in the Bell County Jail charged with the warrants and evading arrest.
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