Man jumps into Lake Lemon during police chase in Monroe County

MONROE COUNTY, Ind. (IUSTV News) – A Unionville man was arrested early Friday morning after he allegedly jumped into Lake Lemon to try to swim away from police.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says the chase started around 4 a.m. Friday when officers were serving a warrant for 37-year-old Matthew Fischman, who was wanted for theft in Monroe County, and resisting law enforcement in Marion County.

When officers arrived to execute the warrant, Fischman was seen driving on Southshore Drive. Officers attempted to stop Fischman, but he reportedly refused.

Police say the chase continued into Brown County before re-entering Monroe County. Officers performed a PIT maneuver on the vehicle while Fischman was making a turn, and as a result, he reportedly hit and damaged a police car.

As the chase continued onto Southshore Drive, police say Fischman made too wide of a turn and had to back up, hitting two more police cars. When his vehicle became stuck, Fischman jumped out the vehicle window and swam away in Lake Lemon.

The Monroe Fire Protection District assisted with water retrieval and Fischman was rescued at the shore. He was booked into the Monroe County Jail on the following charges:

  • Battery By Means of a Deadly Weapon – Level 5 Felony
  • Two Counts Resisting Law Enforcement w/ Vehicle – Level 5 Felony
  • Resisting Law Enforcement – Class A Misdemeanor
  • Driving While Suspended – Class A Misdemeanor
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident – Class B Misdemeanor
  • Reckless Driving – Class C Misdemeanor
  • Two warrants Monroe and Marion County

During the pursuit, the sheriff’s office says a deer caused damage to another cruiser. Neither Fischman nor the officer involved in the chase suffered any injuries.