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    Man arrested after rescuing swimmer

    Man arrested after rescuing swimmer

    03:29 PM CDT on Tuesday, July 5, 2005


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    SAN MARCOS, Texas - A San Marcos man was arrested after rescuing a swimmer from the swirling waters near a restaurant on the San Marcos River over the weekend.

    Police say Dave Newman, 48, disobeyed repeated orders by emergency personnel to leave the water. The police report does not mention Newman's rescue of 35-year-old Abed Duamni of Houston on Sunday afternoon.

    "I was amazed," Newman said after getting out of Hays County Law Enforcement Center on $2,000 bail Monday morning. "I had a very uncomfortable night after saving that guy's life. He thanked me for it in front of the police, and then they took me to jail."

    After being handcuffed and put in a Texas State University police squad car, Newman was taken to jail and charged with interfering with public duties.

    Duamni, who said he did not see any signs warning swimmers of the dangerous currents, jumped into the water several times before the current caught him. He had just finished eating at the restaurant when he decided to go for a swim.

    "I reached a point where I said, 'I'm dead,' " Duamni, who was visiting San Marcos, said from his Houston home Monday night. "There's was nothing I could do. I thought, 'That's it, I'm over, I'm gone."'

    After reaching Duamni, Newman said he swam with him under a waterfall and deposited him on the shore opposite the restaurant. He could hear law enforcement personnel telling him to come back to the shore by the restaurant.

    According to the report, Newman smirked and seemed annoyed by officers' requests. He stood in the water for about 15 seconds before swimming downstream, to avoid the turbulence from the waterfall, and across the river to the officers, the report said.

    "When he came across the river, the officer stuck out his hand like he's going to help him out of the water, and he put cuffs on him," said the Rev. John Parnell, pastor of St. Augustine Old Roman Catholic Church in Fort Worth.

    According to the police report and witness accounts, the crowd that had gathered to watch the rescue was upset when they saw the police arrest Newman.

    Parnell and another man blocked the police officer's path to the squad car while other members of the crowd yelled at the police, telling them Newman had saved Duamni's life and should not be arrested.

    University spokesman Mark Hendricks said he did not know whether Newman rescued Duamni. Hendricks said it was his understanding that Newman was uncooperative with authorities.

    When Duamni got out of the water, he saw Newman in handcuffs and asked who he was. "I said, 'What's the deal,' and the police said, 'He got you out,"' Duamni said.

    San Marcos resident Bob Ogletree said he understood why emergency personnel wanted to clear the water, but didn't understand why Newman had to be arrested.

    In 1999, Texas State University, which owns the dam and the land around it, erected a fence to prohibit access to that part of the river. Later that year, the City Council enacted a swimming ban on that portion of the river. But Newman led a successful campaign to get the fences around the swimming hole removed and the ban relaxed.

    In April, 22-year-old Jason Lee Bonnin, and a Texas State University student, drowned after he and three other restaurant workers jumped from the eatery into the river.


    Completely asinine, he did what the idiot "emergency" personnel weren't willing to do..

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    Completely asinine, he did what the idiot "emergency" personnel weren't willing to do..
    Exactly! This is bullshit that he was arrested...the man was going to die!
    Just go for it!

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    He should have thrown the cop into the water and when the cop started yelling for help, just stood there and said, "Sorry, I'm not supposed to go in the water, remember?"
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    No judge in his right mind will keep this one. He was arrested because he made the local police look inept at their jobs. I hope the person that arrested him/made that call gets a hell of a brow beating foer this. In Iowa, if you are aiding someone in a lifesaving situation, Good Samaritan laws prevent you from being arrested, no matter what any sign says. If a cop tries, all an attorney will do is cite Good Samaritan laws that are covering the situation and the judge will laugh at the police as he dismisses the case.
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    The guy deserves a friggin medal, instead they handcuff him. :disgraceful:
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    This is really fucked up.
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    This is so discouraging. Here we are wondering why people don't want to ever get involved in helping someone out. I hope the judge throws this out.
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