Ottawa County deputies pulled a man from shoulder-high flood water after authorities chased him through three states.
According to Deputy Matt Redden, Ottawa County joined Missouri authorities in a pursuit early Tuesday when a 23-year-old man fled across the Oklahoma line.
Redden said the vehicle turned south on 640 Road with authorities close behind. At the intersection of South 640 and East 110, the vehicle crashed into flood water, submerging the 1992 Mazda with only the roof showing.
The man, whose name was not released, attempted to swim from the scene but officers were able to apprehend him.
Redden is awaiting a decision on whether or not charges should be filed in Ottawa County for eluding a police officer.
The incident began in Joplin when officers there attempted to stop the man for failing to stop at a stop sign.
Missouri officers pursued the vehicle into Galena, Kan., and back into the state of Missouri.
According to Newton County Deputy Richard Leavens, authorities with his department joined the pursuit south of Joplin.
Officers continued to follow the vehicle into Oklahoma where Ottawa County deputies joined the pursuit.
Redden said the vehicle continued past the intersection of Oklahoma highways 10 and 10C to County Road South 640. It was there that the vehicle was submerged in flood water.