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Man Jumps Into Canal To Escape Police & Drowns

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SUNNY ISLES (CBSMiami) — A man died Saturday after jumping into a North Miami Beach canal, allegedly trying to escape police.

Miami-Dade police are investigating. According to Detective Elena Hernandez, Sunny Isles Beach police conducted a traffic stop just before 5:30 Saturday afternoon near the intersection of Biscayne Boulevard and NE 163rd Street.

“The subject was taken out from the driver’s side of the vehicle. He was placed in handcuffs,” said Hernandez.

Police say the handcuffed man then took off, ran across Biscayne Boulevard and jumped into a canal.

“Officers attempted to assist him and dove in behind him. At that time, fire-rescue was also arriving at the scene and assisted the officers with pulling him out of the water,” Hernandez explained.

The man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.  Police have not released his name, age, or the circumstances surrounding the traffic stop.

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