Chase Suspect Nearly Killed as He Takes Refuge in Hot Tub While Trying to Evade Cops
A high-intensity police drama unfolded, right in their own backyard.
A pair of California homeowners were shocked as a police suspect was found hiding in their backyard Jacuzzi after a high-speed chase.
Don and Lynn Norell recorded the suspect on their Anaheim property.
"When I saw that guy in the Jacuzzi my heart rate raised a million times it was beating that fast," Don told Inside Edition.
At first, they feared he had died but Erick Flowers, 29, had actually just passed out in the 100-degree water.
On Tuesday, cops say they were pursuing Flowers on the freeway after Placentia police attempted to stop him in a Ford Mustang. The car kept going and eventually a man jumped from the car and the driver, Flowers, kept going and crashed his vehicle.
He fled on foot and then hopped a fence, entering the Norell's backyard and hid in their covered Jacuzzi for about 30 minutes, somehow surviving with only a small pocket of air to breathe.
"When they opened this up, he was just laying there. There is a small area to lay your head," Don said.
Flowers came to after being hit with a blast of fresh air.
The frightened homeowners can't believe this all unfolded in their yard.
"Nothing goes on like this around here. It is a pretty quiet neighborhood," Don said.
Flowers was booked for on multiple charges including evading police and possession of stolen property.