Man Alluding Police Drowns in Fox River

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Man Alluding Police Drowns in Fox River

Postby piehead » Fri Aug 18, 2006 10:45 am


"ALGONQUIN, Ill. -- A man running from police in Algonquin early Friday died after he jumped into the Fox River and drowned, police said.

In the early morning hours Friday, police in Algonquin made a routine traffic stop for a speeding vehicle, according to a press release from the Algonquin Police Department. The release did not specify where the stop was made.

While speaking with a passenger in the car, police realized that he was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant, the release said.

As officers attempted to arrest the man, he ran, and with officers pursuing him, he attempted to evade them by jumping into the Fox River. Officers attempted to rescue the suspect by throwing out rescue lines and floatation devices, "but the subject was either unable or unwilling to grab onto those items," the release stated. "Officers then utilized a nearby boat and attempted to rescue the subject, but were unable to do so," the release said.

About an hour later, the man's body was recovered by the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Department, the release said. The man was pronounced dead on the scene and his body was turned over to the McHenry County Coroner's office.

The Algonquin Police Department is continuing their investigation of the incident, and is being assisted by the McHenry County Coroner's Office and the McHenry County Sheriff's Office.

The man's identity is being withheld pending notification of his family, the release said."
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Postby Little_Red » Fri Aug 18, 2006 10:54 am

Thats kind of funny

Does that make 11 lives donated to out friendly waters this year?
Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy.

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Postby joeyv13 » Fri Aug 18, 2006 2:33 pm

as I have said earlier Theres no cure for stupid...
I'm much to young to feel this damn old...

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Postby Mach1Mike » Fri Aug 18, 2006 8:50 pm

Gotta love Free Will!It thins the herd!
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Postby skeets8 » Sat Aug 19, 2006 7:58 pm

This just gives a little more info on the story. Not much more than the original post.

Cop chase ends with drowning

By Jeanne Hovanec
staff writer

ALGONQUIN — A 19-year-old Wisconsin man who drowned early Friday had run from police, jumped into the Fox River and may have even refused officers' efforts to rescue him, all in an apparent effort to avoid being arrested on an outstanding warrant, authorities said.

The body of John Kotiw was recovered by fire protection district divers about an hour after police saw him go under water for a final time just north of the Algonquin dam.

According to Deputy Police Chief Art Webber, patrol officers came in contact with Kotiw earlier in the night when they conducted a traffic stop on North Hubbard Street off Algonquin Road. Kotiw was a passenger in a vehicle driven by another man.

Webber said neither man had any identification but that after officers talked to them, police found out that Kotiw had an outstanding arrest warrant for failure to appear in court in McHenry County.

Police tried to take Kotiw into custody, but he ran north on Hubbard, with officers in pursuit. The driver of the vehicle remained behind and was ticketed for speeding, according to Webber.

Police lost sight of Kotiw but received a phone call a short time later from a resident in the 100 block of North River Road about a suspicious person in the resident's backyard. Officers went there and saw Kotiw run to the northwest corner of the property that bordered the river and jump in the water, Webber said.

Officers tried to bring Kotiw back to shore, but he appeared to be going under water, authorities said. Police threw life preservers to within 5 to 10 feet of Kotiw and threw in a rescue disk with a rope attached.

Police Detective Sgt. Douglas Lamz said Kotiw was either unwilling or unable to reach the life preservers.

Lt. Mike Kern of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District said firefighters were called out at 1:45 a.m. by police officers who told them Kotiw was going underneath the water's surface. Soon after that, Webber said, Kotiw went under water a final time and did not resurface.

Webber said officers used a nearby boat from the residence in an effort to search for Kotiw but were unable to locate him.

The officers did not jump into the water after Kotiw, he said.

"Normally, when victims go under water, police officers are not suggested to go in after them unless they are specifically trained for water rescue," Kern said. "That would put the officer's life in jeopardy."

While en route to the scene, Kern said, he received updates on how long Kotiw had been under water. He called divers to the location and launched boats to search for the man. Divers located Kotiw's body in the 100 block of North River Road after he had been under water for over an hour, Kern said. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:47 a.m.

McHenry County Deputy Coroner Paula Gallas said family have been located in Wisconsin and were notified of Kotiw's death. She said preliminary results from an autopsy performed later Friday were consistent with Kotiw dying by drowning.

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