Suspect swims out to sea in escape attempt from North Carolina police

SURF CITY, North Carolina -- Authorities in Surf City, North Carolina, say a fleeing suspect swam out to sea before being arrested more than three hours later at a neighboring town's beachfront.

Surf City police said in a news release that an officer stopped a driver Wednesday and spotted "illegal contraband."

They said the driver jumped into the ocean and police used a drone to follow the swimming suspect. It recorded video footage of a shark swimming about 60 feet from him before it turned away.

The drone lost sight of him after an hour, more than 4,000 feet offshore.

After a sea and air search by multiple agencies, 20-year-old Zachary Kingsbury of Lynnwood, Washington was arrested near a beach access point in North Topsail.

He faces multiple drug charges.

Zachary Kingsbury

"I just was running off adrenaline, being scared that I was gonna get in trouble," said Kingsbury.

Kingsbury says he is just happy he was not bitten.

Report a typo to the ABC13 staff