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Fleeing couple jump into Gwynns Falls

The Baltimore Sun

A Cecil County couple attempting to flee city police yesterday by jumping into the Gwynns Falls in West Baltimore after police observed their stolen car being driven erratically were pulled from the cold stream by police and remain in custody.

The man, identified as Jesse Sandow, 28, of North East, is wanted by Delaware police on drug violations and auto theft, said Officer Christopher Warren, one of the arresting officers.

Sandow was expected to be extradited to Delaware.

About 8:30 a.m., Warren, of the Southwestern District, stopped a white Lincoln Town Car on Hilton Parkway between North Avenue and Edmondson Avenue after observing that the vehicle was being driven erratically.

When the car stopped, the driver and the woman got out and jumped into the Gwynns Falls, Warren said.

Warren said other officers arrived and that within minutes the man was found hiding under a rocky outcropping in the water.

The woman, Sandow's wife, made it to the opposite side of the 10-foot-wide stream and was captured by police who were waiting for her.

"They were both soaking wet, and the man's pants came off in the water," Warren said.

Sandow was taken by a city Fire Department ambulance to University of Maryland Medical Center, where he was treated for a sprained ankle and released into police custody.

Danah Sayers, 34, also of North East, was not injured.

Warren said the car, which was stolen March 25 in Elkton, was returned to its owner.

Sandow and Sayers were charged by city police with auto theft and fleeing and eluding police. Sandow also was charged with multiple traffic violations.

Both were being held at Central Booking and Intake Center pending a bail hearing before a District Court commissioner.

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