The coroner’s office Monday released the name of a man who led San Fernando police on a pursuit and then jumped into a lake at Hansen Dam.
Eric Topete, 23, was a Pacoima resident, the coroner’s office said.
At about 2 a.m. Sunday, San Fernando Police Department officers were pursuing a possible DUI suspect who failed to yield, driving in the Hansen Dam area off the 210 Freeway. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Foothill Division arrived to assist with foot patrol after the suspect ditched his vehicle, LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman said.
Officers spent several hours trying to convince the man to get out of the water and surrender to police before determining he had gone under, NBC4 reported.
The station said a dive team swam to his last known location, where he was found dead.
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