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JENNINGS, Mo. (KMOX/AP) - A pair of burglary suspects in suburban St. Louis are accused of trying to flee from police by swimming.

A woman and her granddaughter found four people burglarizing the older woman’s home Wednesday afternoon in Jennings, Missouri.

Two of the suspects were later arrested in the same area. The other two led police on a chase in which they drove across the Chain of Rocks bridge and caused an accident there.

KMOX’s Captain Rodger Brand was witness to the chase that started in Jennings and ended in a swamp in the Metro East. Brand watched from Airborne One as two men in a car caused an accident on the Chain of Rocks Bridge and then plowed through a work zone on I-255.

“That didn’t slow this guy down,” he says. “He just drove down the road work lane in the work zone. That dust I saw was actually fresh concrete that he was kicking up the dust from. He was probably doing 80 miles an hour through that work zone.”

The suspects got out of their car and fled on foot, at one point jumping into a lake and trying to swim away from police.

“The car hit the water pretty hard,” Brand says. “They jumped out and they had to swim through the swamp. They climbed up the bank and then they realized there was a canal, so they had to jump into the canal.”

When they finally emerged from the water, Illinois State Police, with guns drawn, were waiting.

Police say they found several pounds of marijuana in the suspects’ vehicle.

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