NEWPORT—Newport Police Officers are searching for a man that evaded arrest Tuesday afternoon by jumping into the Pigeon River.

Officer Joshyua Shults made contact with a Chevy Silverado that had a license plate that was not on file.

Shults attempted to initiate a traffic stop when the suspect identified as James Ball, 41, 626 River Road, drove off at a high rate of speed.

The report states that Ball drove through multiple stop signs while driving 40 to 50 miles per hour.

Ball turned on to River Road where he drove through the front yard of a home and jumped out of the vehicle.

The report says that Ball jumped into the river and started to swim towards the opposite bank.

Ball’s passenger, Breanna Dockery, 22, 690 River Street, helped identify the suspect.

Shults noted in his report that Ball was weaving in and out of traffic, having no regard for the safety of the public or his passenger.

Ball was arrested in August of 2015 for driving while license revoked.

He has several prior revoked convictions, as well as DUI and failure to appear charges.

Warrants have been issued for Ball.

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