Body of suspected car thief who drove into water recovered



SEATTLE - Police said they have recovered the body of a suspected car thief who refused to be rescued after driving into the water at a Seattle marina.

It happened just before midnight Wednesday. Witnesses saw a man drive through a closed gate at Nickerson Marina in North Queen Anne and into the ship canal.

The driver made it out of the car and was met by a police boat at the surface.

Officers in the Seattle police Harbor Unit said they tried to throw a rope to the man four times, but he refused to grab it and pushed away from an officer who tried to grab him out of the water. 

The man then went under the water and rescuers lost sight of him. 

Divers were sent into the water but the search for the man was called off shortly after 1 a.m.  

Shortly before noon, Seattle police said the man's body had been recovered and turned over to the King County Medical Examiner.

They were able to locate the car that is believed to be stolen from the Phinney Ridge area.  It was determined that the license plate did not match the vehicle.