SALISBURY, Md. – A Salisbury man drowned in the Wicomico River after running away from a Wicomico County Sheriff Deputy.
The sheriff’s office says on June 4 around 2:08 a.m., a deputy on patrol attempted to stop a vehicle on East Carroll St., operated by Jakeem Jackson, (19) of Salisbury, Md. The deputy observed that Jackson had failed to dim his hi-beam headlights for oncoming traffic.
Officers say Jackson pulled into a parking lot in the 100 block of Carroll St., but instead of staying with the vehicle he began running from the scene.
The deputy began chasing Jackson who had already rounded the corner behind the La Quinta Hotel, and while out of the deputy’s view, jumped into the Wicomico River.
The deputy began running parallel to the river to a foot bridge to wait for Jackson on the other side.
Upon reaching the other side of the river, the deputy observed that Jackson was struggling to remain afloat and slipped beneath the water until the deputy was unable to see him anymore.
Additional law Enforcement resources along with Fire and EMS responded to the scene, but Jackson could no longer be located.
After approximately 90 minutes of actively searching the waters, a fire department dive team located Jackson’s body at 3:29 a.m.
Sheriff Lewis has requested the assistance of the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office in conducting an independent death investigation.