Driver flees police, lands in river

KINGSFORD — One person was taken into custody after leading police on a chase across state lines and eventually ending up in a river.

Kingsford Public Safety officers say they attempted to stop a vehicle around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning for several traffic violations when the driver of the vehicle refused to stop for officers. A pursuit then began. After leading the chase south on South Carpenter Avenue, the suspect’s vehicle turned west onto Breen Avenue. Officers spotted the vehicle again on South Carpenter near Maple Street, where they once again tried to stop it.

The driver then fled to Aurora, Wisconsin, where officers continued the pursuit. Police say the driver turned into the Aurora boat landing, where he ended up driving his vehicle into the Menominee River. He was able to exit the vehicle through the sunroof. He was eventually taken into custody by Florence County Sheriff’s deputies.

No names are being released at this time pending formal charges in Dickinson County. Public Safety officers say a report will be submitted to the Dickinson County Prosecutor’s Office.

Kingsford Public Safety was assisted by the Florence County Sheriff’s Department, Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department, Iron Mountain Police, Michigan State Police, the Niagara Police Department, and the Aurora Volunteer Fire Department.