Sheriff: Suspect hiding in retention pond foiled by hypothermia

MONROE, Wash. -- A fleeing suspect's attempt to hide in the cold water of a retention pond landed him in hot water with police when he was foiled by hypothermia, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

A deputy was called to the Sultan Waste Station around 6 a.m. Tuesday in response to an alarm. According to the Sheriff's Office, the deputy arrived to find the suspect driving off in a car with tape over its license plate.

The Monroe Police Department helped pursue the suspect and eventually spiked the car's tires. According to the Sheriff's Office, the suspect ditched the car in the 19100 block of Highway 2 and ran off.

While police were searching the area, an employee at a nearby business informed them a cold and wet man had just come in and was currently in the bathroom.

Officers arrived and arrested the suspect, who had apparently been hiding in a retention pond until he was overcome with hypothermia, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Following his arrest, the suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment.