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Champaign man fleeing police falls in icy pond

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 11:00 a.m. CDT

CHAMPAIGN (AP) — Authorities in Champaign say a man fleeing police fell through the ice over a retention pond and later died.

The Champaign County coroner identified the man as 20-year-old Kenneth Brown Jr. of Champaign. The News-Gazette reports that Brown died early Wednesday at an Urbana hospital. Police say officers were called to a deli on a disorderly person report. Authorities say Brown fled and ran onto the ice when he saw officers.

Champaign Police Lt. Bob Rea says Brown fell "right through the ice." Fire fighters and a dive and rescue team pulled Brown from the water Tuesday afternoon. Temperatures were about 20 degrees outside.

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