by: Carissa Alford, Ozarks First

A man drowned in Lake Taneycomo early Saturday Morning after a police chase.

The Taney County Coroner identified the man as 26-year-old Tyler Jones from Hollister.

Around 3 a.m., a Taney County deputy attempted to stop a sport bike motorcycle in Hollister driven by Jones.

According to Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell, Jones refused to stop and went through the roundabout onto East Mo. 76, then turned left onto Lake Shore Dr.

Jones then set the bike down and ran until he jumped over the guard rail and went down the embankment to Lake Taneycomo.

“The deputy remained on the roadway and did not chase the driver over the guard rail,” Russell said in a press release.

Russell said the deputy watched Jones run out of sight in the edge of Lake Taneycomo. After a “short time” the deputy heard him yell for help and called the Western Taney County Water Rescue and ambulance.

The Deputy then was able to make his way over the guard rail and down the steep embankment but could not locate Jones.

When water rescue arrived, they found Jones submerged and deceased in approximately seven to 10 feet of water, 15 to 20 feet from the shore.