Calif. police pursuit ends when suspect drives off cliff into ocean

The suspect avoided serious injury and was taken into custody without further incident


By Suzie Ziegler

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.  — A high-speed pursuit near Santa Cruz ended precipitously Tuesday afternoon when the driver took a sudden swim in the Pacific.

The Santa Cruz Police Department shared a Facebook post, saying officers were investigating a carjacking when the suspect was spotted fleeing along the coastline. But the pursuit didn't last long. Police said it was just a few minutes later that the suspect drove off a cliff and into the water.

Santa Cruz police officers look out over a cliff where a suspect drove off it and into the ocean on June 30, 2020. (Photo/Santa Cruz Police Department)
Santa Cruz police officers look out over a cliff where a suspect drove off it and into the ocean on June 30, 2020. (Photo/Santa Cruz Police Department)

Miraculously, no serious injuries were reported. Police said the driver was able to exit the vehicle and hike back up the rocky shoreline. The suspect was then taken into custody without further incident.

Video of the immediate aftermath on social media shows the car and driver bobbing in the surf below a steep cliff. A wave slams the car into the driver, briefly pushing the suspect underwater.

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