The search for a man who fell into the Mississippi River was called off Sunday. It started with Bettendorf Police chasing a stolen car about 8 o’clock Saturday night. The chase went across the I-74 Bridge into Moline, then back to Bettendorf.
The driver of the stolen car stopped on the bridge. Police took a passenger into custody. But they say the driver ran from them, stepped over a railing and began climbing down the bridge. He then jumped or fell into the icy water below. The unidentified man swam for a while but soon began yelling for help, then disappeared beneath the surface.
Crews searched for him Saturday night and Sunday morning with no success before calling off the search. The passenger, 36-year-old David Minor of Davenport, had an outstanding warrant from Davenport and is in Scott County Jail.
By Phil Roberts, Davenport