CT man dives into lake to avoid arrest after car chase

MANSFIELD – A 21-year-old man was arrested on Sunday after leading soldiers on a high-speed chase in a stolen Ford Mustang before crashing and trying to evade officers by plunging into a lake, police say. ‘State

The chase began around 11 a.m. when troopers investigating a report of a stolen white Ford Mustang observed Jacob Cormier, of Willington, driving the vehicle on Ashford Center Road in Ashford, state police said in a press release on Sunday.

Cormier managed to speed away and evade the police, but then crashed the Mustang into a pair of post boxes on Storrs Road in Mansfield. Residents who reported the crash told 911 dispatchers the driver fled the scene on foot, police said.

With the assistance of a K9 unit, police said troopers located Cormier in Mansfield Hollow State Park and engaged in a brief foot chase. But Cormier again managed to evade the soldiers by fleeing to Mansfield Hollow Lake, a reservoir that provides drinking water to the northeastern part of the state.

Cormier was arrested after swimming to shore. Police said he was later taken into custody and treated without incident.

Cormier was charged with evading liability causing property damage, increasing speed in an attempt to escape or avoiding an officer, breaching the lane, interfering with an officer, second degree criminal trover, first degree theft, third degree criminal mischief and possession. of a controlled substance.

He was held on $100,000 cash bond and is due in state Superior Court in Vernon at 9 a.m. Monday.

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