Suspect Swims 2 Miles To Evade Arrest In 7-Hour California Standoff (VIDEO)

06/24/2013 01:14 pm ET

A man who tried to escape arrest by swimming more than two miles in chilly 65-degree water ended up in the cooler.

Police in Coronado, Calif., arrested the suspect early Monday morning after a 7-hour standoff that started when an officer tried to approach him near the Hotel del Coronado.

Cmdr. Jesus Ochoa of the Coronado Police Department told KFMB-TV that officers were trying to take the unnamed suspect into custody due to a a felony warrant alleging narcotics violations.

Instead, the shirtless man fled to a nearby water body and swam nearly 2.5 miles away to Silver Strand Beach, NBC San Diego reported.

The suspect waded and swam near the surfline for hours and threatened to kill anyone who got near. Police waited him out, the Associated Press reported.

Officiers from several agencies --including 2 divers and K-9 officers -- surrounded him and he was finally taken into custody at about 5:30 a.m., reported.

The suspect treated at the hospital for hypothermia. He faces a slew of charges in addition to the ones listed on the original arrest warrant, reported.

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