Officials say a Pennsylvania man on the run for failing to pay his child support took desperate measures to escape police.
On Friday, shortly after 9 p.m., 30-year-old Robert Rebmann Jr. was pulled over at the Bank of America parking lot on Larry Holmes Drive in Easton, according to the Morning Call. Police say Rebmann was driving with an expired inspection sticker.
As officers approached Rebmann’s vehicle, police say a passenger in the car began to run. As the officers chased after the passenger, Rebmann also allegedly fled. He then jumped into the Lehigh River, landing 50 yards from the waterfall that empties into the Delaware River, according to police.
The Morning Call reports that a water rescue squad was called to the scene. Police say they continued talking to Rebmann as he drifted closer and closer to the waterfall. Police tell the Morning Call they were able to convince Rebmann to get out of the water by mentioning the fact that he could easily drown. Police say Rebmann then swam to the other side and was able to get out on his own at South Delaware Drive.
Once he got out, he was placed under arrest. Rebmann told police he tried to escape because of a domestic child-support warrant against him, according to the Morning Call. Rebmann is charged with having an expired car registration, driving with a suspended license and fleeing to avoid apprehension. He was sent to Northampton County Prison on the child-support warrant, according to the Morning Call.
Rebmann’s passenger was not charged in the incident.