Jackson County Man Rescued From White River, Arrested On Felony Warrant

(SHIELDSTOWN) – Jackson County Sheriff’s Department deputies captured 36-year-old Jeremy S. Dillman, of Medora, on a felony warrant on Thursday afternoon.

Jeremy Dillman

Deputies received information that Dillman was in the 1600 block of East County Road 300 North in the Shieldstown area.

Sheriff Rick Meyer, Chief Deputy Dustin Steward, Lieutenant Adam Nicholson, Sergeant Ben Rudolph, and Deputy Brad Barker went to the location and found the vehicle Dillman had been driving. Dillman, however, was not there.

Deputy Barker located footprints that lead west from the residence along the bank of the White River. Deputy Barker followed those footprints while the other officers checked the surrounding residences for Dillman.

Deputy Barker found Dillman hiding along the river bank about 1/4 mile west of the original address. As Deputy Barker attempted to take Dillman into custody, Dillman fled and jumped into White River. Dillman swam approximately 15-20 feet into the River and held onto a log.

Brownstown Fire Department and Deputy Barker respond to Jeremy Dillman holding onto a log. Dillman was trying to evade police. (Photo Jackson County Sheriff’s Department)

Boat rescue was requested from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers, and the Brownstown Fire Department. The Brownstown Fire Department arrived with their hovercraft boat and took Deputy Barker to where Dillman was holding onto the log. Deputy Barker was able to successfully apprehend Dillman and put him into the hovercraft.

Dillman rescued from White River, taken to Schneck Medical Center Emergency Room to be evaluated for hypothermia.

Dillman was checked out by the Jackson County Ambulance Service and transported to Schneck Medical Center Emergency Room and evaluated for hypothermia. Dillman was released and taken to the Jackson County Jail.

Dillman was arrested on a warrant domestic battery in the presence of a child, a Level 6 Felony. Dillman is also being charged with resisting law enforcement, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Other agencies assisting were Brownstown Police Department and Indiana State Police.