A man drowned in the Ottawa River early in the morning on Friday, May 15th, 2009, after driving a stolen car into the water following a police chase, and then trying to swim to freedom.
The man is believed to be around 30-years-old however he has yet to be identified. He was found underwater about 80 feet from where he had driven the car into the water.
The passenger in the vehicle, a 17-year-old teen from Gatineau, waded from the car to police who were waiting on the shore. He was taken to hospital where he was treated for hypothermia. He was then released into police custody.
The chase began when police spotted a Ford Mustang with unregistered plates. They ran the plates, contacted the owner and learned the vehicle had been stolen from the owner’s barn.
Officers tried to pull the vehicle over but the driver refused and sped down Hwy. 148 until eventually going into the river. Investigators don’t believe the driver tried to swerve or hit the brakes before hitting the water.
An autopsy is being conducted on the river.
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