If there was a police recognition for effort, Zachary Kingsbury, 20, would be given a free pass this week after his arrest for possession of controlled substances. After being stopped by police, Kingsbury jumped into the ocean at Surf City, North Carolina and swam so long and so far that the police drone ran out of power. In his swim for freedom, Kingsbury came dangerously close to a shark who was less interested in the fugitive and more interested in the food in the water. Unlike Michael Phelps, this shark was real and Kingsbury swam away the victor.
When police stopped Kingsbury’s car, they noticed a controlled substance inside and asked one of the men, Kingsbury, to step out of the car. He bolted for the beach. That was around 4:15 PM. Police deployed a drone but the battery eventually ran out. They called in the Coast Guard. It was not until 7:45 pm that Kingsbury finally swam ashore on a beach. He swam at least a mile out into the ocean.
Kingsbury was charged with resisting arrest, obstructing an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia–methamphetamine–and possession of marijuana of up to a half an ounce.
Check out the shark in this video shadowing Kingsbury in his swim for freedom: