Suspect takes a swim behind New London cemetery

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New London – City police arrested a suspect who dove headfirst into a pond to elude them on Tuesday morning around 9:30.

Miles Allen, 27, of New York, N.Y., was charged with interfering with police, third-degree criminal trespass, possession of marijuana, possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell and possession of narcotics with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school.

Plain clothes officers were surveiling Allen on foot. When they approached him and identified themselves as officers, he allegedly took off running through the Cedar Grove Cemetery and ended up entering the pond in the back of the graveyard in an attempt to escape.

A release from NLPD said officers went to speak to Allen about "suspicious activity in the vicinity of Chester St./Jefferson Ave." near New London High School.

Police Chief Peter Reichard said Allen was apprehended shortly after he jumped into the pond, which he said is 3 to 4 feet deep at most.

Allen allegedly discarded contraband in the water, including drugs, which have been recovered. Police requested the regional dive team to look for further evidence, and Norwich Underwater Search and Rescue and Yantic Fire Company responded.

Reichard said police have found marijuana and crack cocaine packaged for sale.

This is a developing story.

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