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UPDATE: Seaford Man Rescued From Nanticoke River After Police Chase

Seaford Police are investigating an incident where a 19-year-old Seaford man wanted on burglary charges had to be rescued from the Nanticoke River late Friday afternoon.

UPDATE: Seaford Man Rescued From Nanticoke River After Police Chase

[UPDATE 7/12 6:50 p.m.] Seaford Police have identified the victim as 19-year-old Justin Johnson of Seaford. Police say Johnson is in critical, but stable condition at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital from Friday’s incident.

[UPDATE 7/11 9:50 p.m.] Seaford Police are investigating an incident where a 19-year-old Seaford man wanted on burglary charges had to be rescued from the Nanticoke River late Friday afternoon.

Police say the victim was on a bicycle when officers made contact with him because he was wanted for burglary and related charges.  Officers placed him in handcuffs, but was able to break away and flee on foot.

Authorities chased the victim towards the Nanticoke River where the man jumped in.  Officers tried to rescue the man, but were unable to.  Crews from the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department Dive Team were able to recover the man and take him to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

Police say the victim is being treated for a respiratory impairment from drowning.  Police are still investigating.

Updated information reported by Dennis Foley.

[ORIGINAL] Police in Seaford fear the worst. A man arrested and handcuffed by police managed to get away and raced passed crowds at a festival and leaped into the raging waters of the Nanticoke River. This happened just moments ago. He hasn’t been seen since. Police are searching along the riverbanks and are being aided in the search by helicopter.

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Bill Colley

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Bill Colley spent 17 years as a broadcast journalist in radio and television. In 2004 he embarked on a talk radio career and joined WGMD in 2007. Bill grew up in a small dairy farming community where a quarter of the population was Amish. The simple values of another era shaped Bill’s views about the wider world. A self-described information junkie, Bill listens primarily to talk radio, reads several newspapers daily and writes for several national Internet publications. He enjoys the Delmarva weather, where winters are mild and summers are cooled by ocean breezes. He spends most of his spare time traveling and visiting the historic sites of the Mid-Atlantic Region.