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Police chase ends in man drowning in Jennings County


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HAYDEN, Ind. —  A Jackson man who was pursued by police Sunday night drowned while trying to elude authorities by swimming across a pond near Hayden.

Nathaniel Phillips, 25, of County Road 1200E, Crothersville, was pronounced dead shortly after he was brought to the emergency room at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.

The chase on U.S. 50 began at 8:35 p.m. after a Seymour police officer attempted to pull over the driver of a red Jeep Cherokee, according to a press release from the Jennings County Sheriff's Department.

After entering Spencer Township in western Jennings County, the pursuit continued on the highway for another two miles before Phillips turned left onto County Road 750W, the press release said. The 10-minute pursuit ended less than a mile northwest of Hayden when the Cherokee crashed into an embankment at a T-intersection with County Road 100N.

Following the crash, Phillips jumped out of his vehicle and tried to escape pursuing Seymour officers by swimming across a pond. Officers saw the suspect go under in the cold water and not come up, the release said.

A member of the Indiana State Police Dive Team who lived nearby arrived and began an underwater search. The diver found the suspect in approximately 10 feet of water.

After Phillips was pulled from the pond at 9:05 p.m., officers attempted to revive him by performing CPR, the release said.

An autopsy will be conducted in Louisville, Ky., to determine whether alcohol or drugs may have had an influence in Phillips' behavior, police said.

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