by: Scott McCaulley
Some more details have been released on the pursuit of a suspect found with a stolen car that ended with the suspect trying to get away by jumping into Table Rock Lake.
Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader released on the Department’s Facebook Page that Deputies joined Kimberling City Police in the pursuit of the suspect down DD Highway toward Coney Island when the suspect abandoned the vehicle and jumped into Table Rock Lake to try and swim away.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Southern Stone County Fire Protection District were contacted to assist with Sheriff Rader also contacting his friend David Byrne to ask if he could get his boat in the water to help. When Byrne arrived in his boat, he saw the suspect begin to go under the water so he locked arms with the suspect and got him back to shore where he was checked out by Mercy EMS before being taken into custody.
In his Facebook post, Sheriff Rader thanks Byrne for responding quickly and stepping up to help in this emergency.
The compete post and story from Sheriff Rader is below:
I wanted to share some good news this morning! I want to acknowledge a true HERO, David Byrne!
This morning at approximately 3:30 a.m. Kimberling City PD and Stone County Deputies had a pursuit down DD Hwy with a stolen truck. The pursuit ended at Coney Island. The driver ran from the vehicle and eventually went into the lake. The suspect was 30-40 yards out in the water and not obeying commands. MO Highway Patrol Marine unit and Southern Stone County Fire was contacted for a boat. As I was coming down DD Hwy I knew time was of an essence. I called David Byrne and he answered at 3:40 a.m. All I advised him was a pursuit ended at Coney Island and suspect is in the water. I told him that I needed a boat now. David didn’t ask questions, he said I will be right there.
Arriving on scene, I could see the suspect about 40 yards out in the water. He was struggling to stay afloat but would not come towards a dock. After about 20-25 minutes of the suspect being in the cold water, David came around the point in his bow fishing boat. He originally was going to pick up a deputy from the dock. He told me over the phone that there was no time, the suspect was going under the water. David pulled his boat up to the suspect and locked arms with him as he took him to the bank to waiting Deputies.
I am humbled to call this man my friend and he is a true hero this morning. As a Citizen, neighbor and friend to a lot of people, he is always been there to step up and help. David went way above and beyond this morning with his heroic actions. Also a big thank you to his wife Marlana for getting out of bed with him to back the boat into the water.
If you see David soon, thank him for being a true hero and saving a life!