Man Leads Police On Foot Chase Into Lake Erie Following Crash

May 18, 2013 Updated May 18, 2013 at 10:14 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

May 18, 2013 Updated May 18, 2013 at 10:14 PM EDT

HAMBURG, N.Y (WKBW) - A man led police on a foot chase into Lake Erie after he crashed his car in Hamburg Saturday afternoon.

Exclusive cell phone video shows police and the Erie County Sheriffs' Helicopter attempting to arrest the man who fled and jumped into the lake.

Police say the man had been drinking when he crashed his van on Old Lakeshore Road before taking off.

"It's hard to believe that something like this is happening so close to home," said witness Kelly Walsh. "Obviously he is kind of a lunatic or something and basically that I think i'm going to make sure my doors are locked."

One passenger in the crash was taken to the hospital. The driver was arrested and police say charges against him are pending as the investigation continues.

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