A man who led the California Highway Patrol on a 100 mph chase Tuesday ran onto a state beach across sand dunes and then tried to swim away in the ocean, a Marina police commander said.
The man, who was not named, was driving south in Marina at about 80 mph on Highway 1 at around 1 p.m. but when CHP officers tried to stop him he accelerated to 100 mph, Marina police Cmdr. Bob Nolan said.
He exited the highway at Reservation Road, parked off of Dunes Drive and fled on foot to the Marina State Beach with CHP officers, Marina police and California State Parks police in pursuit, Nolan said.
“He had everyone running over the dunes,” Nolan said.
The man then shifted from the dunes to the Pacific Ocean, jumped in and “tried to escape by sea,” Nolan said.
He made it past the first set of waves, swam out into deeper water for some time when he finally gave up and returned to shore to waiting officers.
“He decided that Hawaii's a little too far and swam back,” he said.
Nolan said the man was only suspected of a speeding infraction when he tried to elude CHP officers.
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