PITTSBURG — A Pittsburg man was arrested hiding in a pond Friday night, after leading local law enforcement on a chase.

According to a release from the Crawford County Sheriff's Office, at about 8:45 p.m. Friday, deputies responded to the area of South 200th Street and East 510th Avenue, after a report of a suspicious vehicle. Information provided at the time of the call suggested the vehicle in question was a vehicle which had been reported stolen earlier in the day from a residence in rural Pittsburg.

CCSO Deputies were able to locate the stolen vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop. The driver, identified as Austin W. Barton, 18, of Pittsburg, allegedly failed to stop and continued to flee from law enforcement for approximately four miles before wrecking the vehicle into a ditch near the intersection of East 530th Avenue and South 190th Street, rural Pittsburg, Kansas. The driver abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

Barton was eventually located in a pond or pit adjacent to where the vehicle had wrecked, having allegedly entered the pond to hide from law enforcement and remained there until he was located. After refusing medical treatment, Barton was transported to the Crawford County Jail and booked in on the following charges, felony possession of stolen property,felony fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and driving while suspended. Barton was freed on $5,000 bond.

The incident remains under investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.