Facing warrants, a Dutton man apparently decided to make a run for it early Tuesday morning, ultimately ending up in Crow Creek.

Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen, of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, said deputies and Scottsboro police officers held a driver license checkpoint at Highway 35 and Highway 40. Harnen said Michael Charles Pittman, 47 of Dutton, came upon the checkpoint.

“He said he didn’t have his wallet,” said Harnen. “He gave a false name and was asked to pull over to the side.”

At that point, Harnen said Pittman took off, heading toward Scottsboro when hit the access road by Harbin Automotive.

“He wound up jumping onto Highway 72, then went across the median into oncoming traffic,” said Harnen.

Harnen said Pittman jumped out of his vehicle and jumped into the creek.

“We wound up having to get a boat to get him out,” said Harnen.

Pittman was taken to Highlands Medical Center, where he was evaluated and later released into the custody of deputies.

Pittman has been charged with obstructing justice by giving false information, reckless endangerment and fleeing to elude. In addition, Pittman is facing several warrants, including motions to revoke house arrests and failure to appear on a theft of property case.

Pittman is currently in the Jackson County Jail. His bond has been set at $3,674.

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