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Ishikawa: Missing man who plunged into river during police chase later found dead

ISHIKAWA (TR) – A missing man who plunged into a river in the town of Tsubata during a chase by police was later found dead, police said, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Feb. 15).

At around 12:15 am on February 13, police received a report about a “suspicious car” near the Tsubata River. However, the man behind the wheel of the vehicle drove off when an officer attempted to question him on a voluntary basis.

A patrol car arriving at the scene tailed his vehicle for at a slow pace for about 30 minutes over a distance of 10 kilometers.

After the pursued vehicle came close to striking the patrol car, an officer smashed one of its windows with a baton. The man then fled his vehicle and plunged into the river.

A man died after he plunged into the Tsubata River during a chase by police on February 13 (Twitter)

After an initial search of the river was called off, emergency personnel found his body in the water at around 9:10 a.m.

According to the Tsubata Police Station, the man, aged in his 40s, was a resident of Oyabe City, Toyama Prefecture. His family lodged a missing persons report with the Toyama Prefectural Police in January.

“At this point, there is no problem with the handling [of the matter] and the actions were appropriate,” said the Tsubata Police Station.