1 taken into custody after man, 28, takes Troy police on chase, crashes into pond

Published: Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 12:57 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 2:43 PM

Cody Francis
Cody Francis

Troy police retrieved a vehicle from a retention pond Wednesday night at a Troy apartment complex after the driver refused to stop for a traffic violation.

A Nissan Titan, driven by Cody Francis, 28, of Pleasant Hill, did not have headlights, prompting the initial stop.

Francis refused to stop, sped off and ran a red light before a brief pursuit, according to Troy Police Sgt. Dominic Burnside.

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During the pursuit, Francis lost control around the curve on South Stanfield Road and drove into a retention pond at Traditions Apartment complex.

Francis then fled on foot into a wooded area east of the complex, leaving a passenger with the vehicle. Police established a perimeter and searched for an hour before finding him in the woods.

Francis complained of pain and was transported to a local hospital then to county jail.

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Francis is being charged with fleeing and eluding, an outstanding warrant and multiple traffic violations.

The female passenger in the vehicle at the time of the crash was cooperative and not charged.