Winston-Salem police said an SUV found in a pond Thursday morning was the same vehicle that Forsyth County sheriff’s deputies had been chasing early in the day.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were called out to Walkertown about 1:30 a.m. to check on a report of four men peering suspiciously into parked cars in a lot at 3600 Martins Trail Lane, in the Walkertown Commons shopping center.
As deputies arrived, the four drove off in a white Dodge SUV.
Deputies followed and got the driver to stop, but the driver then sped off and a chase began. The pursuit continued inside the city limits of Winston-Salem, where two of the men got out and fled on foot.
Deputies eventually gave up the chase, but the two who got out of the car were found and detained. No further information about them was available late Thursday night.
Winston-Salem police found the SUV in a small pond off Reynolds Park Road later in the day.
Firefighters from the Winston-Salem Fire Department pulled the SUV out of the water, and said in a Twitter post they were treating the event as a possible water rescue. No one was found inside the SUV, but authorities confirmed that it was the same one that deputies had chased.
Fire Battalion Chief Richard McCutchen referred questions to Winston-Salem police.
As officers drove to the pond, they requested that the fire department also respond, said Lt. Jose Gomez, a spokesman for the Winston-Salem Police Department.
“There was no information at the time that somebody was or wasn’t in the vehicle,” Gomez said. “As a precaution, we requested that the Winston-Salem Fire Department come to the scene and provide any assistance as needed if someone was in the vehicle.”
The sheriff’s office said that it’s still investigating the incident and asked that anyone with any information call the sheriff’s office at 336-727-2112.