Domestic violence incident turns into pursuit and water rescue in Santa Barbara

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SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - A domestic violence incident turned into a pursuit and ultimately into a water rescue Saturday afternoon, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities say shortly after 1 p.m. sheriff's deputies responded to a report of domestic violence at the Bacara Resort. 

Deputies found suspect, Michael Reardon, 47, of Santa Barbara walking in the area. When deputies tried to make contact with Reardon, he fled on foot.

A foot pursuit followed, according to officials. Reardon then jumped into the ocean and swam away in order to evade deputies. 

Officials say they became concerned for Reardon's safety because of the temperature of the water after he continued to swim away for a length of time. 

The Santa Barbara County Fire Swiftwater Rescue Team was called in for a water rescue of the suspect. 

He was located off of Haskell's Beach and brought back to safety, according to officials. 

He was arrested in relation to criminal threats, violating a protective order and evading a peace officer.

However, authorities say Reardon was showing signs of Hypothermia and was taken to Cottage Hospital for medical evaluation.

Once Reardon is released he will be booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail, said officials. 


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