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Kansas car chase suspect jumps in pond, dies

Updated: 2013-05-06T15:30:11Z

By Amy Renee Leiker

The Wichita Eagle

A man who led police on an apparent car chase then jumped into a pond near Wichita was pronounced dead about 30 mintes after divers found him unresponsive in the water, a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said late Saturday.

Authorities found the man around 10:30 p.m., according to dispatch. He was pronounced dead by emergency crews at 11:06 p.m. The man’s age and place of residency are unknown.

The car chase suspect reportedly ran into the water after bailing from a vehicle at East 69th Street North and Hydraulic around 9:42 p.m., the dispatch supervisor said. He was fully submerged a short time later, and authorities called for assistance from the Wichita Fire Department, including a rescue boat and divers.

Divers retrieved him from the water about 45 minutes later; he was in cardiac arrest and could not be revived, the dispatch supervisor said.

The car chase apparently started at Rusty Eck Ford after the man allegedly entered the business around 9:16 p.m. and was flashing some knives, the dispatch supervisor said. The person who called 911 told dispatchers the man then left the building, got into a vehicle and drove around the parking lot before fleeing from police, the supervisor said.

The man drove over some spikes that authorities laid down at East 53rd Street North and Hydraulic shortly after 9:30 p.m., the dispatch supervisor said; the man continued driving until he reached 69th Street, where he ran from the car and jumped into the pond.

Law enforcement, fire crews and emergency medical services were on the scene late Saturday, the dispatch supervisor said. The bomb squad also was contacted over concerns a possible explosive device was on the scene.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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