Police: Fleeing mail thief takes plunge into Lake Washington

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. -- A fleeing mail thief jumped into Lake Washington early Thursday morning in an attempt to escape police but only succeeded in getting himself wet, cold and arrested, according to the Mercer Island Police Department.

A resident at the Clarice Apartments on Mercer Island called 911 around 2 a.m. He told police he was using his car to block the car of two people breaking into the building's locked mailboxes.

According to police, the suspects rammed the resident's car and attempted to escape as officers were arriving.

A female suspect was arrested immediately, but the male suspect was able to run off, knocking an officer to the ground in the process, according to police. The officer was taken to the hospital with a minor head injury.

Washington State Patrol troopers spotted the suspect walking across the I-90 bridge around 4:15 a.m. According to police, the suspect jumped into Lake Washington when the troopers tried to contact him.

Seattle Harbor Patrol pulled the suspect from the water at 4:45 a.m., and he was taken to the hospital for treatment for exposure.

According to police, the male suspect is wanted on several felony warrants, and a good deal of stolen mail was found in the suspects' car.