Man drowns after driving truck into lake during police chase

LOWELL, Ark. (AP) – A 24-year-old man drowned in a northwest Arkansas lake after driving a truck into the water during a police chase, authorities said.

Late Saturday, Lowell police pulled over the truck, which initially stopped but took off as the officer was exiting his patrol vehicle, the police department said in a press release.

Officers pursued the truck onto a highway that dead-ended at a boat ramp. Lowell police said Carlos Martinez then drove the truck into Beaver Lake. Martinez and two female passengers began swimming, but police said Martinez submerged and did not resurface.

One passenger made it to the shore, where she was taken into custody, and the other was apprehended in the water, police said. Both women were treated for hypothermia and police said they will face charges.

Martinez’s body was recovered from the water shortly after the pursuit, police said.

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