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Sometimes, you really are better off just getting arrested.
A man who evaded police by jumping into the South Side's "Bubbly Creek" died less than 2 hours later, reports the Sun-Times.
At about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, police received a call reporting three people defacing some property immediately adjacent to the notorious waters.
However, officials say the third offender—a man in his early 20s—fled the scene and jumped into the area of the Chicago River known as "Bubbly Creek."
Decades ago, the city's Union Stock Yards used the river to dump slaughterhouse waste, which included blood and animal organs. The decomposing waste would cause the polluted water to bubble, giving the area its name.
Today, the waters meet the Illinois EPA standards ... but just barely.
Various sources say the man was in the water for 30 to 60 minutes before he could be rescued by the Chicago Police Marine Unit.