Garden Grove

Transient tries to swim away from arrest

A TRANSIENT tried to swim away from Garden Grove police Wednesday morning by jumping into the Haster Street Park basin.

A fugitive who sought to evade capture by jumping into the rain-swollen Haster Street Park Basin in Garden Grove on Wednesday morning was rescued and arrested.

According to Lt. Carl Whitney of the GGPD, the suspect is identified as Jason James Harvey, 31, a transient from Garden Grove.

At 11:20 a.m., officers were at the basin – located at Haster Street and Lampson Avenue in the eastern part of the city – looking for a man related to an ongoing investigation.

As officers walked toward a group of transients at a gazebo, one of them ran from police and jumped into the basin and started to swim away.


The fleeing swimmer tried to make it to the opposite bank but began to struggle and officers lost sight of the man. “The water temperature was extremely cold at the time and it started to rain,” according to Lt. Whitney. “Officers were not certain if the male subject drowned.”

A fire department water rescue team was called and a police helicopter deployed as well to search for the man.  An Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s helicopter located the suspect hiding under some shrubbery near the shoreline.

Fire department personnel helped him out of the water. Suffering from symptoms of hypothermia, he was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

It was determined that Harvey was wanted on several arrest warrants including grand theft, burglary, being under the influence of drugs and false representation. He was also charged with running from police and trespassing.

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