KEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (WSVN) - One man is in custody and another is missing after, police said, they jumped into Biscayne Bay following a traffic stop.
According to investigators, just after 3 a.m., Wednesday, an officer attempted to pull over a pickup truck with bikes in the back, along Crandon Boulevard in Key Biscayne. The truck’s tags showed it was stolen out of Broward County.
Police said the driver took off northbound towards the Rickenbacker Causeway, and a short chase ensued.
“Shortly thereafter, county units who were out here on the causeway observed the vehicle as it was going outbound and also tried to make a traffic stop,” said Key Biscayne Police Chief Charles Press. “Apparently, the vehicle pulled over on the westend of the William M. Powell bridge and both subjects bailed out into the water.”
Authorities said the subjects swam nearly 100 yards before giving off distress signals. “As our officers called them to come back in, one of the subjects complied, and he was taken into custody,” said Press. “The other subject remained in the water.”
Police have not yet released the identity of the man in custody. However, they said he has an extensive criminal record and is currently being interviewed by police.
The second subject has not been found. Police said they do not know if he was able to swim away but have now called off the search.
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