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Police: Man with stolen moped jumps into flooded creek to escape capture, has to be rescued

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Winston Zink

UPDATE (March 23, 2017) – Winston Zink was sentenced to 1.5 years in jail.

COLUMBUS, Ind. – A man jumped into a rain-swollen creek while trying to get away from police after being found with a stolen moped.

According to Columbus police, Winston Zink, 31, was working on the moped at the side of the road around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when an officer saw him and realized Zink had a warrant out for his arrest.

When Zink saw Officer Troy Love approach, he ran toward Clifty Creek. Due to recent rain, the creek was flooded and the water was moving swiftly.

Zink struggled in the water; police used a throw rope to pull him to safety. Zink wasn’t hurt and went to the Bartholomew County Jail.

Charges against him include auto theft and resisting law enforcement. He also had a warrant out from Bartholomew County Superior Court for failure to appear or comply with a court order.