Suspected Truck Thieves Rescued After Jumping Into Stream to Evade Police

A pair of suspected truck thieves in southern California had to be rescued after leaping into a shallow stream to evade police when they crashed their vehicle, police said.

Officers with the El Monte Police Department had been pursuing the pair for just under five miles when the vehicle crashed on the eastbound 10 Freeway at Dalewood Street in Baldwin Park at around 3 a.m.

The cops had spotted the pair on the 605 Freeway at Lower Azusa in El Monte.

After the crash the duo got out of the truck and jumped down around 20 feet into the shallow Big Dalton Wash. One suspect broke his leg and was stuck below, while the other floated down to Baldwin Park Boulevard and Daum Drive, officers said.

Firefighters with the Los Angeles County Fire Department had to come and rescue the suspects, and used a ladder to get them out of the wash, officers said.

Both were taken to the hospital for treatment, and are in custody of El Monte Police Department on suspicion of car theft.

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