The Easton Police Department received a report of a motor vehicle accident on Banks Road on Monday at approximately 7 p.m. The responding officers observed a partially submerged vehicle in a pond, 30 feet from the shore. The driver was still inside the vehicle.

Officers deployed a water rescue bag and began to pull the driver to safety. They were joined by Easton firefighters who assisted with the rescue.

The driver was identified as Jorge Leyva of Sandy Hook. An investigation determined that Leyva struck another vehicle on Route 136 and fled the scene, police said. The driver of the struck vehicle followed Levya in pursuit. Leyva told police he was unfamiliar with the area, lost control on a curve and entered the water.

Both drivers were taken to local hospitals by Easton Emergency Medical Services. The Easton Fire Department assisted the tow truck operator in removing the vehicle from the water. DEEP was notified of a possible fuel spill.

Leyva was issued a misdemeanor summons for 14-224(b)(3) for evading responsibility and 14-234 passing in a no passing zone, police said.

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