A Florida man led police on a wild high-speed pursuit through several counties before he jumped into a river to avoid being arrested.
Oscar Dominique Leonides spent nearly an hour in the St. Johns River before being apprehended Saturday night, according to a spokesperson of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.
According to an arrest report, a stolen truck was being pursued by the helicopter of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. When the pursuit entered Seminole County, deputies made an effort to use “stop sticks” to stop the driver, but he kept on speeding and eluding them.
On SR-415, stop sticks eventually brought the car to a stop, but Leonides got out and jumped into the river. The road was closed for an hour while the search and investigation took place.
Leonides was detained before being transferred to the hospital, where it was found that he had not sustained any major injuries, according to deputies.
Leonides was booked for fleeing, eluding police and for having methamphetamine and fentanyl in his possession.
According to the report, Leonides also had an outstanding warrant from Lake County for an alleged armed robbery, and his driving privileges had previously been suspended for trying to elude law enforcement.