Car chase ends with naked burglary suspect in lake

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A 45-minute chase Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, ends with a naked or partially naked burglary suspect, later identified as Dennis Sherrell, driving into Truxtun Lake in Bakersfield.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A 50-minute pursuit with law enforcement officers ended Friday morning with a naked man crashing his car into Truxtun Lake.

Kern County deputies attempted a traffic stop around 7:15 a.m. at Snow and Norris roads, but the driver, later identified as 33-year-old Dennis Sherrell, didn't stop.

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The chase involved county deputies, Bakersfield police and California Highway Patrol officers weaving through parts of northwest, southwest and central Bakersfield, reaching 85 mph before Sherrell drove into the lake. He had also driven over a pair of spike strips during the pursuit.

Sherrell wasn't injured in the crash and was able to swim to the shore - naked - on his own, the sheriff's office said.

Sherrell was wanted on suspicion of stealing of a coin machine in police jurisdiction, according to the sheriff's office. He was also booked into jail after Friday's chase on suspicion of evading a peace officer, reckless driving, resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license.

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