California police chase ends in golf course water hazard

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 13 (UPI) — Two retired police officers in California helped arrest a man after a police chase that ended in a lake at a local golf course.

According to the Orange County Register, police began chasing a man identified as 34-year-old parolee Mario Gam Acevedo in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven store and followed him as he drove through a local park.

Police continued the pursuit as Acevedo drove his Jeep Cherokee through a fence into the David L. Baker Memorial Golf Course and ultimately wound up in the water.

“He hit a bunker and tore up the 15th green and wound up in the lake,” said Jim Sanders, who was golfing with his friend Jim Craft at the time.

Sanders and Craft, both former California police officers, told CBS Los Angeles, they dropped their clubs and held down the suspect until police arrived on the scene.

Sgt. Tony Luce of the Fountain Valley Police Department said Acevedo was in possession of a “significant amount” of narcotics as well as a a replica firearm and burglary tools.


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