According to local reports, 20-year-old Zachary Kingsbury was pulled over for a traffic stop on Wednesday in Surf City, North Carolina.
Cops spotted "illegal contraband" inside his car and asked him to step out of the vehicle. That's when, much to everyone's surprise, Mr Kingsbury ran onto the beach, jumped into the ocean and began swimming away.
According to The Charlotte Observer, it took nearly three hours before Surf City Police could find and arrest him. They even had to launch a drone to track him down.
Drone footage posted on YouTube by a local TV station, WWAY News, shows a shark swimming uncomfortably close to Mr Kingsbury.
That's when the chase "became a rescue operation," reports Port City Daily.
At the time the shark was spotted by police operating the drone, Mr Kingsbury had been swimming for nearly an hour and was more than 4,000 feet away from the coast, reports The Charlotte Observer.
Mr Kingsbury was eventually rescued and arrested. According to WBTV, he is facing several drug-related charges. Click for more trending news
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