Man Flees From Dallas Police By Jumping In Trinity River

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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  • Melody Lopez

    I hope they find him and he is ok. I know his family must be really worried about him by now.

  • josie

    This man is my cousin Nick. The police should not have stopped the search as soon as the did and even after having done so, they spoke to his family which informed them that Nick did not know how to swim and the should have resumed the search or my cousin

  • Angie

    Are you kidding me! One hour is all the time spent on trying to find this young man. “did not come back up after he went under the first time.” was this not a clue to all those involved in the search that he was in need of assistance. I also understand the family was contacted at which time rescuers were informed he did not know how to swim. The police department should be ashamed of how this was handled. What the young man was “acccused” of should have no bearing on his rescue. I pray he is found by the community alive and in good health.

  • JR

    If he threw himself in the water is because he knew what might happen. Nick shouldn’t have been getting in trouble with the law.

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