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Australia man squats in lake during police stand-off

Police point their weapons at an Australian man who refused to leave a dam after crashing a car Image copyright ABC News
Image caption Police point their weapons at an Australian man who refused to leave a lake after crashing an allegedly stolen car

An Australian man who crashed an allegedly stolen van into a lake refused to leave the water, even after police drew their weapons.

Officers saw the van plunge into the lake in west Sydney early on Tuesday.

When they stopped to check the van, the driver swam into the man-made reservoir and crouched among weeds with his hood pulled over his head.

The man allegedly threatened the officers, but gave himself up 30 minutes later.

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Image caption Police attempted to negotiate with the man, who allegedly threatened them

A police boat was being brought to the scene at the time of his surrender.

The man was given a towel and taken to Penrith police station, where he was questioned over the van and the incident.

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Image caption The man emerged dripping wet from the dam after 30 minutes

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