Man who Jumped into Creek to Escape DUI Arrest is Found

Young Man Who Jumped into Waterway to Avoid DUI Arrest is Found Dead

A 23-year-old college student who jumped into a creek to avoid a possible DUI arrest was found dead in the waterway, authorities reported on Tuesday. The Sheriff’s Department said the body of Anthony Donelson was found Monday evening, close to the spot where he jumped into the creek on Dec. 24 at 12:30a.m.

On the night that Donelson jumped into the creek, he had been stopped by Ross police officers who had pulled him over on suspicion of drunk driving. Donelson handed his license to the officers and at some point jumped over a fence, leaped into the creek, and started swimming away. He disappeared from sight, and for the next two days law enforcement and firefighters searched the area with no success.

Donelson’s family members had offered a $5,000 reward to help find him. Donelson had been arrested on suspicion of public intoxication previously and also had a DUI conviction, according to the Marin Independent Journal.

His long-time friend Alex Gildroy told the Marin IJ that “he was a really good guy” and “everyone loved him.” In November 2012, prosecutors filed a petition to revoke his probation in two previous cases-one a DUI conviction, and the other a domestic battery conviction-after he was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication.

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