ANTIOCH -- A 21-year-old homeless man tried to flee officers after they spotted him driving a stolen car, even jumping into the waters of the Delta briefly in his bid to escape, police said.

In the end, David Currier's effort resulted only in an additional charge likely to be filed against him. Currier, who police said is a transient with his last-known address in Martinez, came to shore almost immediately and was arrested on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle and evasion, Antioch police Sgt. Tony Morefield said. The charges are being reviewed by the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office.

The chase started just before 7 p.m., when an officer identified a stolen car on D Street, Morefield said. The officer tried to conduct a traffic stop but the Acura Integra pulled away, and a chase that reached 80 mph on city streets ensued, Morefield said.

Police said Currier hit a parked car during the pursuit but nobody was in the vehicle.

Currier eventually came upon a dead end at the Bridgehead Dry Dock Marina, located on Fleming Lane, just off Wilbur Avenue, Morefield said. Currier got out of the vehicle and jumped into the water but came back to shore almost immediately and was arrested, Morefield said.

Currier was taken to County Jail in Martinez, where he was being held in lieu of $90,000 bail.


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