Police searching for suspected carjacker who may have jumped into Merrimack River following chase

LOWELL, Mass. — A van driver who led police on a chase early Wednesday morning may have jumped into the Merrimack River in Lowell in an attempt to evade capture, authorities said.

Officers in Wilmington tried to stop the van shortly before 1 a.m. but the driver refused to pull over and fled, prompting a pursuit, according to Massachusetts State Police.

The driver is suspected of a carjacking and assault and battery by a dangerous weapon along with other charges, that occurred in Wilmington, police said.

The driver ultimately stopped near the Tsongas Arena and fled on foot in the direction of the river.

An initial search of the river proved unsuccessful, but search efforts, which remain ongoing, have included an extensive search of the river and riverbanks utilizing police officers, police K9s, a helicopter, drone, boats, and divers.

There were no additional details immediately available.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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