LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) — A driver tried to run from a crash scene and jumped into a creek to avoid getting caught, according to a police report.

Officers on patrol at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday came upon an SUV off the side of Logangate Road and against a tree with damage to the back end. They also saw a man in a hoodie ripping the license plate off the back of the SUV and take off into nearby woods, according to a police report.

Officers said they were familiar with the area and knew the suspect wouldn’t get far. Then, they heard a splash.

Officers then saw the suspect running along railroad tracks where he was ordered to stop, which he complied.

A K-9 led officers to a nearby creek bank where they found the suspect’s hoodie, a cell phone and license plate, the report stated.

Timothy Bowers, 36, of Youngstown was charged with driving under suspension, failure to control and tampering with evidence.