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Car chase ends in Intracoastal waters

Two men were arrested Tuesday morning after a burglary call in Redington Beach became a chase that ended in the Intracoastal Waterway.

Redington Beaches police Sgt. Gary Runyon said he and his partner were called to investigate a burglary in progress at 15900 Gulf Blvd. about 9:30 Tuesday morning. When they got to that address, they saw a man run from the home and jump into a 1990 Mitsubishi, where another man was waiting in the passenger seat.

"As he was pulling out, he tried to run me down," Runyon said. "So we jumped into the car and pursued them."

The chase went south on Gulf Boulevard into Madeira Beach, where city police joined the Redington Beaches officers. At 140th Avenue, the Mitsubishi suddenly stopped and the driver jumped into the Intracoastal, Runyon said.

"He told his passenger something like, "You're on your own.' Then he jumped into the canal," Runyon said. "I didn't go in after him. I was holding on to the guy I caught."

The man who jumped into the waterway was later arrested by Pinellas sheriff's deputies and Madeira Beach police, Runyon said. By Tuesday afternoon, one of the men still refused to give his name. The other is named Colum Flaherty, 20, of St. Petersburg. Both men have been charged with several burglaries, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and traffic offenses. The investigation is continuing, Runyon said.