The male suspect fled on foot when his attempt to steal the boat was unsuccessful. When the suspect was confronted by officers near the Wayne G. Basler Boathouse on Neyland Drive, the suspect jumped into the river in an attempt to elude officers. KPD, Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Knoxville Fire Department boats responded in an effort to take the suspect into custody.
The suspect was removed from the water and taken into custody. Charges are pending.