Man may have drowned while fleeing from police

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A body found Saturday in a west Arlington creek is believed to be a man who was pursued by Fort Worth police into the area Jan. 24, Arlington police said Wednesday.

The body was identified as Gary Patron, 26, by the Tarrant County medical examiner's office, said Sgt. Christopher Cook, a police spokesman.

The body was recovered after a caller reported it at 12:40 p.m. Saturday. It was in the creek near Findlay and Westwood drives in far west Arlington, Cook said. The area is near Bob Findlay Linear Park.

At 11:40 a.m. Jan. 24, Fort Worth police contacted Arlington police for help in a vehicle pursuit. According to Fort Worth police records, a motorcycle officer had clocked a 2013 Dodge going 82 mph in a 60-mph zone in the 6200 block of Interstate 30, near East Loop 820.

"I believed the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Patron, to be possibly intoxicated and was an immediate danger to the surrounding public," the officer wrote in his report.

The pursuit continued into west Arlington. At some point, Patron got out of the car and fled on foot, Cook said.

Two Fort Worth women with Patron, ages 24 and 25, were arrested, one on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, the other on suspicion of public intoxication.

After about an hour, Arlington police couldn't find the man and called off the search, Cook said.

"It is believed this suspect jumped into the creek in an attempt to escape and possibly drowned," Cook said.

The body had "no apparent signs of trauma," Cook said, but Arlington police will continue working with Fort Worth officers on the case.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

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