Police ID robbery suspect who drove into Lake Champlain

Published: Aug. 6, 2018 at 12:10 PM EDT
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We have new details about a quick stop robbery that sparked a police chase that eventually ended in St. Albans Bay.

It all started Saturday night when police say Stephen Salyer, 38, of Enosburgh, robbed an Enosburgh Maplefields and ran off. Witnesses had spotted an ankle monitor on the robber, so police were able to get a location on Salyer by using surveillance video and the GPS tracking device on his ankle.

Officers say they tried to pull the car over, but they say Salyer took off and led them on a 30-minute chase. Spike strips were used, but that didn't stop the car, which eventually reached St. Albans Bay. Police say Salyer drove out onto the dock and right into Lake Champlain. The vehicle sank to the bottom and investigators say Salyer got out and started to swim away from his vehicle, further into the lake.

Police eventually caught up with him and he was sent to the hospital for his injuries.

Bail was set at $25,000.