Pursuit Driver Drowns After Fleeing Police Into Water

A man drowned after running into the water near Hansen Dam following a police pursuit through Pacoima early Sunday morning, according to the San Fernando Police Department.

The pursuit began when the man failed to pull over when police attempted to conduct a traffic stop on suspicion of DUI in San Fernando, police said. His car became disabled near the edge of the water near the dam. He then ran from the car and into the water, leaving behind a female passenger, according to police.

Officers spent several hours attempting to convince him to exit the water before determining he had gone under. A dive team swam to his last known location, where he was found dead, police said.

The female passenger was detained and transported for injuries. The identities of the driver and the passenger were not released.

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