CAMDEN, S.C. — Deputies had to rescue a man who had run from officers after he crashed his car into a river, a South Carolina sheriff said.

Officers were looking for Cody Gene Jackson, 26, of Lugoff, when he refused to stop on Dec. 29, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said in a news release Monday.

“Cody Jackson is a one-man crime spree,” Matthews said. “No sooner is he released from jail then he immediately begins preying on the citizens of Kershaw and Richland counties.”

“He always runs when we try to arrest him,” the sheriff said.

Jackson was known to run from police and they had tracking dogs and a State Law Enforcement Division helicopter available when they set out to arrest him on outstanding warrants, Matthews said.

Jackson ran as expected about 6:15 p.m. on Dec. 29 and deputies chased him, with the SLED helicopter in the air.

Jackson ran off an embankment and into the Wateree River.

He yelled to officers that he could not swim and officers managed to pull him to safely shore.

Jackson has been charged with failure to stop for police, being a habitual traffic offender, driving under suspension and larceny. It was not known if he has an attorney yet.

“Hopefully, after this episode he will find himself behind bars for the maximum his charges will allow,” the sheriff said.

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