Man who jumped in ocean to avoid arrest to stand trial

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Ocean Standoff off CoronadoCHULA VISTA, Calif. — A man who spent nearly eight hours in the ocean off Coronado to avoid being arrested must stand trial on a felony charge of resisting arrest and misdemeanor charges of threatening an officer and obstructing an officer, a judge ruled Monday.

John Michael White, 46, faces up to three years in state prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Laura Vogltanz.

Coronado police said White ran into the surf near the Hotel del Coronado shortly before 10 p.m. June 23 after officers attempted to take him into custody on a felony narcotics warrant.

Throughout the night, a shirtless White, who appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug, remained in the ocean, walking in shallow water and at times swimming farther offshore when officers waded toward him, police spokeswoman Lea Corbin said.

About 5:30 a.m. June 24, a harbor police dive team was able to take White into custody in the surf off Silver Strand State Beach. He was taken to UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest for an evaluation, after which he was booked into jail.

After a preliminary hearing today, Judge Ana Espana ruled that enough evidence was presented for White to stand trial Sept. 3. A readiness conference was set for Aug. 6.

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