Man who jumped in ocean to avoid arrest sentenced

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John Michael White spent seven hours in the surf off Coronado trying to avoid the police.

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A man who spent nearly eight hours in the ocean off Coronado after officers tried to take him into custody on a drug warrant was sentenced Tuesday to probation and 270 days in jail.

John Michael White, 46, pleaded guilty last month to a felony charge of resisting arrest, 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.

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