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Man tries to escape speeding ticket by running into ocean

April 10, 2013|By Los Angeles Times Staff

A driver police say was speeding tried to avoid a ticket by jumping into the ocean in Monterey County and swimming away.

Authorities say the unidentified man led California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed chase in the city of Marina, where he ended up at a beach, ran across the sand dunes and got into the water.

Marina Police Cmdr. Bob Nolan told KTVU-TV the man was driving on U.S. 101 through the city Tuesday afternoon when CHP officers tried to pull him over.

After accelerating to 100 mph, the man eventually stopped his car and ran to Marina State Beach with CHP officers, Marina police and California State Parks police in pursuit, Nolan said.

After making it past waves and swimming into deeper water, the man gave up and swam back to shore.

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