‘Escape’ lands man in mess of trouble

Posted on October 17, 2005 

Northpinellas: ‘Escape’ lands man in mess of trouble

Daniel Willard Rhodes, 31, of Largo spotted the helicopter against the dark sky late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. The police were moving in, he thought, so he dived into a storm drain near 113th Street and Walsingham Road, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said, recounting Rhodes’ version.

On his hands and knees, he crawled through a dark maze of water-filled storm sewers, reaching a storm grate about three-quarters of a mile away, deputies said. Then he was stuck, unable to find his way back, unable to jimmy the grate at Seminole Boulevard and 122nd Avenue.

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