HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – A rescue boat crew pulled a suspect from Hampton Creek after he jumped in during a police chase, according to a Hampton Police spokesperson.
The chase began just after 9:15 a.m Saturday, when officers responded to a report of a car crash in the 100 block of East Mercury Boulevard, near the entrance to Fort Monroe.
Investigators say the driver of a blue Nissan was speeding and lost control. The car ran off the road and hit a parked car and a tree.
By the time officers arrived, the driver had allegedly already left the scene.
When police found him near a residence, the suspect ran toward Hampton Creek, then jumped in the water.
That is when he came into view for Hampton resident Danny Mason.
“We saw it and it was like there’s something out there” Mason said pointing to the middle of the river. “He had drifted (100 yards) in that short time.”
Hampton Division Fire and Rescue responded by boat and personnel jumped in to pull the suspect on board.
Mason said before the boat arrived he and a police officer tried to rescue the man.
“We were yelling at him, you know to try and get his attention to see if he could move. To see if he could get to us or get close so we could throw him a line,” Mason said. “We thought he was unconscious.”
The suspect has been taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
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