A driver wearing only his underwear found himself completely submerged in Maine’s Wilson Lake after his car crashed and sank during a police chase, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Photo by York County, Maine Sheriff’s Office

The driver, wearing only his underwear, ended up underwater in a Maine lake when his car crashed and sank during a police chase, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Photos shared by the sheriff’s office show only the roof of the SUV was over the water when he stopped 307 acre lake.

The 20-year-old driver fled the vehicle, swam to shore and was immediately arrested, according to a sheriff’s news release.

It happened on Sunday, September 18, in Wilson Lake, near the New Hampshire border. The lake is about 45 miles southwest of Portland.

“The York County Sheriff’s Office received a report of someone attempting to break into a residence on Langley Shores Drive in Acton,” the sheriff’s office said.

“Specifically, the homeowner observed on his Ring Doorbell, a man who appeared to be intoxicated and wearing only his underwear was attempting to gain access to the home, which was unoccupied at the time.”

The man left before the deputies arrived. However, his vehicle was spotted elsewhere in Acton “a short time later,” officials said.

“The deputy turned his cruiser around and attempted to stop the vehicle, but it took off at a high rate of speed,” the sheriff’s office said.

“Shortly after the vehicle crashed into Lake Wilson in Acton. The operator … was able to free himself from the vehicle and swam to shore, where he was taken into custody.”

The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and later “summoned for evading an officer and other traffic-related charges,” officials said.

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Mark Price has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, covering topics including schools, crime, immigration, LGBTQ issues, homelessness and nonprofits. He graduated from the University of Memphis with majors in journalism and art history and a minor in geology.

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