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Police pursuit leads to man drowning in river


A man from Virginia has died after drowning in the Thames River while trying to run away from Ledyard police on Sunday.

Jarmal Robinson, 24, of Norfolk, VA, engaged Ledyard police in a pursuit at about 12:58 a.m. on Sunday.

A Ledyard police officer tried to stop the silver Buick LaCross that Robinson was driving, but according to police, Robinson accelerated and did not stop for the officer.

Robinson engaged the officer in a pursuit, which led from Rt. 12 in Ledyard to Rt. 2a westbound in Montville. According to police, Robinson continued to drive at a high rate of speed exiting Rt. 2a at exit 2.

Robinson then continued into an intersection, disregarding a red light and hitting another vehicle. Robinson then fled the scene on foot, according to police.

Troopers located Robinson a short while later and he attempted to run away from police by jumping into the Thames River and swimming away. Robinson then began to have problems swimming and keeping himself above the water, according to police.

This ultimately led to Robinson drowning. According to police, troopers on the scene attempted to save Robinson, but he was beyond their reach.

According to police, Robinson was approximately 30 feet away from the shore. The U.S. Coast Guard responded to the scene as well as the Norwich Fire Department boat and the Naval Submarine Boat in attempts to locate Robinson.

The U.S. Coast Guard was able to locate Robinson, but they were not able to revive him.

The vehicle that Robinson hit was carrying five people. They were all brought to Backus Hospital for minor complaints of pain. The passengers in Robinson's vehicle denied medical treatment, according to police.

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