Man Jumps into Chilly Chattahoochee to Avoid Bounty Hunters

Would you jump into this river?
Would you jump into this river?

A gentleman who apparently never watched movies about the folly of trying to flee from bail bounty hunters dove into the Chattahoochee River on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, according to the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office.

Had Ernesto Galvez, 31, invested a few leisurely hours munching popcorn and sipping his favorite cool beverage watching such entertaining flicks as The Bounty Hunter or Midnight Run, he might have turned himself in to authorities instead of running from a real-life bail bondsman by taking a chilly dip into the Chattahoochee near McGinnis Ferry Bridge.

Mr. Galvez apparently jumped bail and was wanted on charges of a misdemeanor probation warrant and for failing to appear for a traffic violation, while on probation for possession of marijuana.

When Mr. Galvez is released from the hospital for treatment for hypothermia, incurred while clinging to tree limbs in the frigid water for almost an hour, he will be taken to a relatively warm, cozy jail cell at the Gwinnett County Jail.

Although it is exceedingly stupid to do so, it is not a crime to run from bail bondsman; therefore, Mr. Galvez will not face additional charges for allegedly trying to jump bail.

Should anyone choose to jump into gelid waters during (hello?) winter, we suggest the Polar Bear Swim, sponsored by our friends at the Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club.

Click Here for Pictures from Lake Lanier’s Polar Bear Swim

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