Handcuffed man drowns after jumping into Florida bay

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Posted at 6:25 PM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 19:42:16-04

TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a handcuffed man has died after bolting from police custody and jumping into Boca Ciega Bay, where he drowned.

Thirty-three-year-old Donnie Brownlow Jr. was arrested by Treasure Island police officers responding to a domestic disturbance call Sunday evening.

He was in custody on charges of domestic battery, obstruction, felony driving while license suspended and violation of probation.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says a police officer was escorting Brownlow to a van that would bring him to jail when he made a run for it.

He was pulled from the water but could not be revived.