WAREHAM — A 24-year-old man jumped into White Island Pond Saturday and taunted officers as he was swimming about in the cold water, urging them to "come get me," police said.
Michael Carter of 2 Hardy Road, East Wareham, jumped into the pond after he fled from Officer Calib Larue, who had stopped a blue Jeep he was driving about 12:40 p.m. on Mayflower Lane, police said. The vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the day.
Carter struck the officer's hand and fled through woods and backyards on Mayflower Lane, across Plymouth Avenue, down Hardy Road and onto the beach at White Island Pond, police said.
The suspect then entered the pond and swam away from the officer, police said. Other officers arrived and Carter yelled profanities at them, saying "come get me."
Officers from the state Department of Natural Resources deployed a boat and Officers Michael McGuire and Josh Kimball arrested Carter on the west side of the pond, police said. Carter was treated for minor injuries at Tobey Hospital.
After his release from the hospital, he was taken to the Wareham Police Station where he was booked and taken to the Plymouth County House of Correction, where he is being held on $500 cash bail, police said. He will be arraigned Tuesday in Wareham District Court.
Carter is charged with using a motor vehicle without authority, operating a motor vehicle after suspension of license, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest, police said.