Police: Man on bicycle led chase through town, jumped into river

Published: Apr. 15, 2019 at 12:53 PM EDT
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A man on a bicycle ended up behind bars after police said he led them on a chase early Sunday morning.

Around 2:30 a.m., officers patrolling Wayne Street in Manchester came across Christopher Dale Collins, who was riding a bicycle pulling a small cart.

When the officers tried to talk to him, he took off. Police chased Collins on foot through Second Street and Railroad Avenue. Other officers in cruisers tried to cut him off but Collins got away by going through Riverside Park.

Police said one officer tried to tase Collins but failed. Collins made it to the boat ramp, where he crashed his bike and jumped into the river. Officers lost sight of him when he went underwater.

After crews searched the river, they found Collins clinging to a tree branch near Second Street Bridge. Once again he swam away, police said, but they were able to fish him out a little while later.

Collins was treated at the Advent Health Medical center. He is charged with having no lights on a bicycle, failure to comply with bike safety regulations, public intoxication, carrying a concealed weapon, fleeing or evading police and violation of parole.