Nashville man rescued from creek, then arrested

Columbus police arrested a Nashville, Indiana, man after he jumped into a rain-swollen creek while being pursued by police.

Winston C. Zink, 31, 4102 Old State Road 46E, was arrested at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on charges of auto theft, resisting law enforcement and a Bartholomew County warrant for failure to appear, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Officer Troy Love saw Zink working on a moped on the shoulder of the road in the 900 block of U.S. 31, Harris said. Love noted that Zink had a warrant for his arrest and stopped, where he determined the moped had been stolen, Harris said.

Zink fled on foot toward Clifty Creek and jumped into the swiftly moving water, Harris said. Officers saw that Zink was struggling in the water and used a throw rope to rescue him.

Zink was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, where he was being held in lieu of $13,500 bond.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.