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Auto Theft Suspect Drowns While Fleeing

A little after 7:00 a.m. this morning, Officers from the Rancho Cordova Police Department observed a stolen vehicle near the intersection of Coloma Road and Sunrise Boulevard. The vehicle was observed traveling on the roadway and was occupied by two male subjects.

Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle and a pursuit ensued. The suspect entered Highway 50 at Sunrise Boulevard travelling westbound at speeds in excess of 100 MPH. The suspect continued travelling westbound and exited the freeway at Howe Avenue then immediately entered the Howe Avenue River Access, where the pursuit terminated.

The passenger stayed with the vehicle and was detained. The driver fled into the wooded river parkway on foot. A perimeter was established with responding units and a canine search was coordinated.

During the search, a subject matching the description of the fleeing suspect was observed attempting to swim across the river. Immediately upon observing the suspect enter the water, a Fire Department rescue boat was requested. Shortly after the suspect entered the frigid water, it appeared he was struggling to swim, officers then lost sight of the subject.

With the assistance of the Sacramento Metro Fire helicopter, rescuers were directed to the subject as he was under water. The subject was found to be unconscious upon being located and rescuers immediately began life saving measures. The suspect was transported to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.

The identity of the victim in this case will be made available by the Sacramento County Coroner’s office, after notification has been made to his next of kin.


Sergeant Shaun Hampton

Sheriff’s Spokesman