Joel Williams, Handcuffed Fugitive, Runs Into Black River



Maybe hes a good swimmer with both arms? Well never know.
  • Maybe he's a good swimmer with both arms? We'll never know.

Escape plans while in police custody are risky business.

Chances — and we're talking 99% — are that you're going to get caught anyway, and your attempts to elude the authorities are just going to a) Piss them off, and b) Probably lead to more charges.

But that doesn't stop criminals from trying.

Take young Joel Williams for instance, who didn't let a pair of handcuffs prevent him from attempting to escape the cops by swimming.

Yes, swimming with arms behind his back in handcuffs.

Williams' trouble began when a bystander flagged down cops saying that he saw Williams in a nearby car. Williams had a warrant out for his arrest, so cops were interested.

It didn't take long before he was handcuffed in a parking lot.

As he was escorted toward the cruiser, he broke into a mad dash toward the Black River.

Here's the rest of the tale from the Lorain Morning Journal:

Williams’ hands were handcuffed behind his back and as he was being escorted to a police car, he bolted and ran toward the Black River, where he tripped and slid into the river.

When he realized he could not swim away, Williams went toward officers who lifted him out of the river.

While being escorted back to a cruiser, Williams’ girlfriend and her father, Edward White, 54, of Elyria, walked into the parking lot and were told to leave because the parking lot was private property, according to the report. White argued with officers regarding his daughter’s belongings and was arrested as well.

Better closing detail: That he realized he couldn't swim without his arms? Or that his girlfriend's father was arrested as well?

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