A 34-year-old burglary suspect who tried to hide from cops following a vehicle pursuit had to give up when he developed hypothermia, officials said Tuesday. 

The man -- his name was not immediately released -- allegedly led Snohomish County sheriff's deputies on a chase that began about 6 a.m., when a deputy investigating an alarm spotted a vehicle with the license plate taped over, officials said.

The burglary occurred at the Sultan Waste Transfer Station, according to authorities.

According to sheriff's investigators, the suspect got into his vehicle and sped off into Monroe, chased by deputies and Monroe police; they ended up spiking the vehicle tires, officials said.

The suspect abandoned his vehicle at a business in the 19100 block of Hwy 2 and ran off; as officers and deputies searched the area, a store clerk in the 18900 block of Hwy 2 called to say a wet man was in the restroom, officials said.

Investigators determined the suspect had been hiding in a retention pond but was overcome by the cold.

The suspect was taken into custody by MPD without further incident and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of hypothermia, officials said.

He will be booked upon his release from the hospital, an official told Patch.


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