May 10, 2011

Man charged with domestic battery, fleeing police in a dinghy

Stock Island – A Bay Point man was arrested Monday for battering the mother of his child, then fleeing from deputies in a dinghy.

The incident took place on May 3rd at 3:30 p.m. near the entrance to the Key Haven neighborhood. Deputies Matt Dowling and John McGee responded. When they arrived, the suspect, 27 year old Andrew Jackson, ran into the water at the Key Haven boat ramp. He swam to a boat which had a dinghy tied to it. He managed to get the dinghy’s motor started and he fled the scene.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Officer Johnson responded to assist. He picked up Deputy Dowling and they located Jackson in the dinghy a short distance away. Jackson refused to stop for the FWC boat, however and managed to elude capture in shallow water.

The victim told Deputy Martin Harbin Jackson is the father of her child. She said the child became sick at school and she picked him up. She said she and Jackson met at the Shell Station at the entrance to Key Haven, where they got into an argument about where to take the child for treatment. She said Jackson hit her across the face during the argument.

A warrant was issued for Jackson for battery, grand theft and fleeing from police. He was arrested Monday and booked into jail.

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