Man crashes stolen Honda Civic in Merced River during pursuit

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

One man is in custody following a pursuit with the highway patrol that ended with the car in the Merced River. It happened in Merced County just outside of Cressy near Winton.

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The CHP says the suspect in this chase drove down a dirt road and launched a stolen Honda Civic over a 50 foot cliff right into a river.

Investigators say the driver had to be rescued from the river by the Merced County Sheriff's dive team.

Witnesses say the car cleared a tall tree and appeared to roll several feet down river before coming to a stop right side up.

The driver claimed he had someone else in the stolen car with him when he crashed but investigators say they did not find another person.

We'll have more information when it becomes available.

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