The search for a man wanted by police on drug charges stretched across the line into Watertown when the suspect ditched his car and made a swim for it in the Charles River Tuesday night.
Police stopped the man in his vehicle, but he then took of running toward the Charles River and jumped in.
A Massachusetts State Police helicopter and State Police a search dogs were called to the banks of the Charles River when the suspect got out of his car on Pleasant Street and jumped into the river.
The man, who was from Everett, was captured and arrested near Watertown Square at California and Watertown streets at about 11:45 p.m., according to WCVB Channel 5. He will be arraigned in Waltham District Court on Wednesday.
The man was wanted as part of a drug investigation.
The sights and sounds of a helicopter buzzing Watertown put many residents on alert Tuesday night. The incident came four years after the night that the Boston Marathon Bombers were stopped in Watertown – following a shootout and prolonged manhunt.
Police searching banks of Charles River off Pleasant street in Watertown. Helecopter w/searchlight was circling. pic.twitter.com/hhjtziEXdu
— WCA-TV (@WatertownCable) April 19, 2017