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Crews hold little hope of finding chase suspect alive

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Rescue crews searching the water for the high speed chase suspect. Rescue crews searching the water for the high speed chase suspect.
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Search crews resumed searching the Tennessee River Monday morning, after a suspect in a multi-city high speed chase dove into the river near Guntersville. 

Rescuers returned to the river for the third day in a row, but crews said there's not much hope left for finding the man. Officials said, at this point, it's a recovery effort instead of a rescue effort.

Boaz Police attempted to serve a failure to appear warrant on 20-year-old Deonta Markey Griffin at a home Saturday night.

No one was home, but officers noticed a vehicle leaving the residence, so they followed it. They tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver fled. 

Police chased Griffin down Highway 431 from Boaz, through Albertville and into Guntersville. Albertville Police and Guntersville Police laid spike strips, but Griffin continued through them. Speeds reached upwards of 100 miles per hour.

Police said Griffin drove northbound all the way through Guntersville on a southbound only street.

Just before 11 p.m., police said he drove the vehicle over the Veteran's Memorial Bridge. He bailed out right before the car hit the guard rail and dove over the bridge, into the water. Officials said the drop was about 80 feet. 

Police said they did see him briefly surface and attempt to swim, but he was not located.

Guntersville Rescue Squad, Guntersville Fire, Union Rescue Squad, Scottsboro-Jackson County Rescue Squad, Cullman County Rescue Squad, Morgan County rescue Squad, Etowah County Rescue Squad and marine police were deployed into the water to search.

Crews returned to the river to search Sunday morning, but did not locate Griffin.

Officials said they are dragging the river, but the process is slow going because there is debris from a bridge that was demolished.

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