WPD: Woman jumped into pond after crashing stolen car during police chase

Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police say they have arrested a woman who allegedly jumped into a pond Monday in hopes of avoiding arrest.

The incident started with a chase around 11:30 p.m. near 13th and Harding.

Police say an officer spotted a 2017 Honda Civic with an illegal tag. They say 22-year-old Makenzie Simmer was driving the vehicle and refused to stop. The car was reported stolen in October.

After a short pursuit, police say Simmer hit a pole and tree near Lawrence and Rutland before she ran from the scene and jumped into a nearby pond.

Officers arrested Simmer just a few minutes after she exited the pond. She was not hurt.

Officers booked Simmer into the Sedgwick County Detention Facility on suspicion of evading and eluding police, resisting arrest, auto theft and various traffic violations.

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