Howard suspect is saved after chase ends in 15-foot pond

July 08, 2006

A police chase turned into a rescue this week when a Howard County police officer saved a man who fell into an East Columbia pond after a short pursuit.

Officer Erik Gillenwater pulled Joaquin Deshaun Leycock, 28, of Columbia from the bottom of the 15-foot-deep pond.

Gillenwater stopped Leycock for speeding on Snowden River Parkway near Dried Earth Road about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday and, after seeing what appeared to be cocaine, asked him to get out of the car, said Pfc. Jennifer Reidy.

Leycock "spoke to the officer for a couple of minutes, then turned and ran unexpectedly," Reidy said. While fleeing, Leycock, who could not swim, fell into the pond, police said. Gillenwater then performed CPR on Leycock, who was being treated at Howard County General Hospital yesterday, Reidy said.

Leycock was charged with several drug violations.

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