They fished him out of the river, and placed him under arrest.
Morrow County Sheriff Ken Matlack told the East Oregonian newspaper officers chased a stolen car Wednesday that went through two fences and a gate near Irrigon, Ore. The car reportedly scraped a steel pole that caused sparks and two brush fires.
It was after the car got stuck, that the driver - identified as 20-year-old Zachary Bartz - took off on foot, reached the river, and took the plunge.
End of chase.
Officers waded into chest-deep water to make the arrest.
Bartz was booked on vehicle theft and other charges.
One more reason, perhaps, why it's good to learn how to swim?