A routine patrol of Lake Madison by Madison County Game Warden Chris Lasiter on Monday evening turned into a drug arrest and a water rescue.
Lasiter said that around 6 p.m. he and Brazos County Game Warden Dave Lewis were patrolling on the north side of the lake to see if anyone was fishing, and found two vehicles parked near the north pier.
The wardens found three individuals sitting in a Ford truck, and Lasiter said when they made contact, they found marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
“I called for backup, and the (Madisonville) police department assisted. While we were processing the suspects, one of them ran … straight to the lake, hit the water and tried to swim across the lake to get away from us.
“I’ve had people run before, but not try to swim away,” he said.
Lasiter said he called for more officers, which were then stationed on all sides of the lake, and Madisonville Rescue was called in to bring a boat.
However, Lasiter said that before the boat arrived, the suspect, who was about 170 yards into the lake where water is deeper, began struggling to swim.
“Lewis stripped down to uniform, put on a life vest, took a second one and swam out to the suspect,” Lasiter said. “Lewis managed to get the suspect into the vest without force, and then escorted him back to the bank.”
The suspect was taken to CHI St. Joseph Madisonville for evaluation, and later released to the wardens.
The names of the suspects were not released as the case is still pending.
The three individuals were charged with possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and public intoxication.
The one suspect faces additional charges of evading arrest and concealing his identity.