Fugitives in canoe no match for cops in motorboat
K-9s tracked the two wanted men on foot and then police used a motorboat to pursue them on the river
By Monivette Cordeiro
The Gainesville Times
MADISON COUNTY, Fla. — A pair of fugitives tried to escape capture Monday by paddling away on a canoe down the Withlacoochee River in Madison County. Their pursuers, however, had a power boat, and the paddlers soon were in custody.
One of the men nabbed, Garrett Eure, 23, of Gainesville, was wanted for failure to appear on an escape charge, according to reports. The other fugitive was Jessie Bryant, 23, of Fort Pierce, who was wanted on various charges.
Eure and Bryant suspected that authorities had found them and they ran to the Withlacoochee River, climbed into a canoe and tried to escape, the release said. Officials used K9s to track the fugitives on foot and then a motorboat to chase and catch the fugitives on the river, the release said.