MPD: Man dies after driving car into pond at Bellevue Baptist Church

MPD: Man dies after driving car into pond at Bellevue Baptist Church

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man died after driving his car into a pond at Bellevue Baptist Church, according to Memphis Police Department.

The crash happened on Sunday just before 4 a.m.

Police said Bellevue Baptist security noticed a vehicle in the church's parking lot speeding. When security approached to investigate, the driver turned the lights off.

A security guard told officers he lost sight of the vehicle. When he drove back to where he originally saw the vehicle, he noticed it was in the middle of the pond.

Investigators said the guard said he noticed the man sitting on the hood of the car with a cell phone in his hand. The guard said when he went to call police, he lost sight of the man and didn't know if he was in the water or on foot.

MPD, Memphis Fire Department and Shelby County Sheriff's Office were called to investigate. SCSO search and rescue crews recovered a body at the last known location of the man's vehicle.

This investigation is ongoing.

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