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Motorist fleeing police drives into lake, then has to be rescued by officers


A driver trying to escape a police pursuit wound up driving into a lake – then had to be rescued by the officers who were giving chase.

Officers initially tried to pull over the car – driven by a Minnesota woman – in Maplewood around 2 a.m. Thursday, but the vehicle did not stop and continued on to the highway, according to the Maplewood Police Department. The car was clocked going more than 100 mph on Interstate 694 at the time, and the State Patrol tried unsuccessfully to pop its tires.

The motorist then got on to Interstate 94 and crossed into Wisconsin, eventually taking the highway toward Hudson, the Hudson Police Department said on Facebook.

The vehicle traveled through downtown, then turned into a Lake Mallalieu boat landing where it stopped briefly – before rolling into the lake.

At that point, two Woodbury police officers and a Washington County deputy on the scene got into the water and saw the driver, who appeared to be passed out behind the wheel as the car was sinking, the Maplewood Police Department said. They broke the window and pulled the woman out of the submerged car, bringing her to shore.

The woman, a 35-year-old from Blaine, was arrested and booked for possible charges of driving a vehicle while intoxicated.

The car, a silver Honda Odyssey with Iowa plates, has since been pulled from the lake. Here's more of the car after that.

The Maplewood Police Department, Woodbury Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol, Wisconsin State Patrol, St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, Hudson Fire Department and St. Croix EMS/rescue-dive team all took part in the pursuit and rescue.

Maplewood police say their office will submit the case to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office for potential felony charges.

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