Police: Driver sleeping in U-Haul van flees from officers, van ends up partially submerged in lake

A driver who was sleeping inside of a U-Haul van fled from officers Thursday morning before crashing the van into two parked vehicles and then ending up partially submerged in a lake, authorities said.

The incident ended at the St. Tropez Apartments on Cleary Boulevard.

A Local 10 News crew went to the scene and saw that the driver’s side window was clearly busted out.

According to Plantation Police Officer Chavez Grant, officers responded to a call about a suspicious person sleeping in a van.

He said the driver fled from officers after they made contact with him before striking two unoccupied parked vehicles.

Grant said the officers lost sight of the van before finding the van partially submerged in the lake.

“About 5 after 6, we were sitting on the balcony and all of a sudden cop cars start flying in. I mean — all Plantation — three, four, five. I was like, ‘What the heck is going on?’ And they’re like spinning through the neighborhood – I mean, like speeding through, and then about 10 minutes later all of a sudden there’s the Broward (Sheriff’s) helicopter, so we knew something was up,” Andrea Garrett, who lives at the apartment complex said.

Grant said the driver was no where to be found.

Despite an aerial and ground search of the area, police have still not been able to locate the driver.

Authorities searched the van before it was towed away. Police said the van contained some drinks, a couple chairs, a cellphone and clothes.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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