An Ottumwa man accused of Stealing clothing items from the Ottumwa Tractor Supply on Thursday attempted to swim his way to freedom before being taken into custody by authorities.
35 year old Tanner Rash allegedly tried on a coat and pair of boots at a Tractor Supply store before fleeing without paying. Rash made his way through a nearby residential neighborhood, before being spotted by authorities. Rash then attempted to swim across a pond behind a residence in a last attempt to flee from officers.
He was taken into custody just before noon and charged with interference with official acts and fifth-degree theft. According to Court Records, Rash entered a written guilty plea following his arrest.