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Suspect eludes police after chase by swimming in pond

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A chase in Kansas City ended with a van in a pond and a suspect swimming.

A Jackson County deputy spotted a white cargo van driving erratically near Truman Road and Interstate 435.

The deputy tried to pull the driver over about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, but the man refused to stop.

The chase continued on I-435 when the man crashed through a fence at a KCP&L substation just off East Front Street. The van was partially submerged at one point when the driver hit a small body of water.

The suspect then got out of the van and attempted to swim across the body of water.

The alert deputy figured out a different way to get across the water, and the suspect swam into his waiting arms.

The suspect claimed to be homeless and living out of his van. Police arrested the 21-year-old man and said drugs and alcohol were likely factors in the man's decision to run from authorities.

So far no charges are filed.

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