Man arrested in connection with alleged pursuit that ended in St. Joseph River

NOW: Man arrested in connection with alleged pursuit that ended in St. Joseph River

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. - A man was arrested on Sunday for allegedly leading police on a pursuit that ended when the vehicle went into the St. Joseph River, according to the South Bend Police Department.

Edward Silcox, 47, was arrested on the charges of resisting law enforcement, reckless driving and driving while suspended.

At 9:40 a.m., police responded to a call for service in the 100 block of W. Jefferson Blvd. and were told a man at the scene, later identified as Silcox, was wanted on a warrant.

Silcox left the scene in a SUV and officers tried to pull him over at the intersection of Jefferson and Main Street but he would not stop, police said.

During the chase, Silcox ran over stop sticks at Western Avenue and William Street, damaging the driver's side tires.  

Eventually, Silcox came to a stop in the 1000 block of Wayne Street but drove off again despite police orders, reports said.

Silcox continued driving and intentionally entered the St. Joseph River using a boat launch near the 900 block of Northside Boulevard, according to police.

Silcox and a dog swam out of the sinking vehicle.

After both were rescued, Silcox was taken to the hospital for a laceration on his arm.

The dog was placed in the care of Animal Control.

The two were the vehicle's only occupants.

After being released from the hospital, Silcox was taken to the St. Joseph County Jail on his charges.

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