Footage shows suspect in drain,was stuck there for 5 hours.
October 4, 2007 Trenton NJ
- A man who tried to get away from Trenton police by jumping into a creek was arrested after spending nearly five hours cooped up in a storm-water drainage pipe.
Police said 32 year-old James Blount jumped into the Assunpink Creek after police, who suspected he was driving a stolen car, pulled him over around noon Wednesday.
Blount floated for some time until officers cornered him between a ravine and a concrete wall with drain pipes.
"And that's when he decided to take his only option out and climb into the pipe," said Lieutenant Stephen Varn.
Police, fire and sewer utility officials finally located Blount, who had crawled 75 feet into the pipe, by dropping a robotic camera into the pipe.
Police persuaded Blount, who told them his back was aching, to grab onto the camera's cord.
They pulled him out around 5 p.m.
He was taken to a hospital after authorities cleaned him off with a fire hose.
Blount was charged with receiving stolen property, eluding police, resisting arrest and obstructing justice.
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