ST. CLAIR, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say three people were rescued from a pickup in the Bourbeuse River near St. Clair after fleeing from a deputy and driving into the rain-swollen waterway.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy spotted the Ford Ranger in the St. Clair area shortly after midnight on Tuesday and tried to stop it because its tail lights weren’t working.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the deputy pursued it down a narrow country road. The road stops near the Bourbeuse River, but the driver plunged into the water.
Rescuers from the St. Clair Fire Department pulled three people from the vehicle.
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The driver and one passenger were arrested on active warrants. The sheriff’s office says it plans to seek a charge of resisting arrest by flight and several traffic charges.