DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Authorities say a man in his twenties eluded police by jumping in the Trinity River after fleeing the scene of a vehicle burglary Monday afternoon.

Dallas Police Department spokesman Kevin Janse said offers saw the man getting into a grey pickup truck at about 2:40 p.m. They tried to pull the man over, but he accelerated down the Trinity River Viaduct “at a high rate of speed.”

Janse said officers didn’t follow him closely, but rather followed the tire tracks along the viaduct. They found the abandoned truck near the river. The suspect was standing near the water’s edge, Janse said.

He then jumped in, holding onto a branch. An officer tried to use his baton to pull the man to shore, but he refused to take hold, Janse said.

As an officer took off his gun belt to jump into the water, the man pushed away and disappeared. Janse said the suspect “did not come back up after he went under the first time.”

Dallas Fire Rescue crews searched the river in a boat, but did not find the man. Janse said authorities do not believe the man is in the water.

Police are investigating who the truck belongs to.

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