A Florida Keys man is arrested after wildlife officials say he threatened to kill an officer who pulled over his boat, then jumped into the water while his boat was still moving to try to swim away.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Officer Shelton Bartlett pulled over Thomas A. Bible's boat because it did not have the required navigation lights.
Officials said that Bible, 36, of Islamorada, threatened to kill the officer and refused to stop the boat. With the boat still moving, Bible jumped into the water and swam toward the shore, the FWC said.
When he reached shallow waters, officials said, Bible stood up and continued to resist. The officer sprayed Bible with pepper spray, and the U.S. Coast Guard helped him take Bible into custody, the FWC said.
Bible appeared to be intoxicated, investigators said, and he was taken to a hospital for assessment before being taken to the Monroe County Jail.
Bible faces felony charges of fleeing and eluding and resisting without violence. The FWC said the State Attorney's Office is also considering filing charges of operating under the influence and reckless operation.