FRANKLIN TWP., Pa. - A man running from police was found dead after jumping in the Lehigh River in Carbon County.
Several departments spent hours searching the river near Weissport Tuesday night.
Around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday crews removed a 30-year-old man's body from the Lehigh River in Franklin Township, Carbon County. It was there that police say the man jumped in the water while trying to run from police Tuesday night.
"Just past the train trestle the male actually went under the water. The officer and several bystanders saw it and called for emergency assistance," said township Police Chief Jason Doll.
Chief Doll says it all started when the man knocked on a woman's door and asked if he could hide from police there. When an officer arrived, the man took off, and the officer chased after him.
"He ran over the canal, down the tow path behind the canal, through the wooded area while the officer was attempting to stop him," Chief Doll said.
That's when the man allegedly jumped into the river to get away but got caught beneath a train trestle.
"At that point the water kind of converges to get past the train trestle so it becomes very treacherous," Chief Doll said.
The chief says the officer and bystanders tried to help him out. "However he kept trying to swim further away and kept saying that he didn't want to go back to jail," Chief Doll said.
After a few moments, police say he went under and didn't come back up. Search and rescue crews worked until nearly 1 a.m. trying to find his body but the strong current and darkness made it hard.
The man's body was taken to the Carbon County coroner's office. His name has not been released.