Police were called to a domestic disturbance at McAlister's. When they got there, the man involved took off running. Police chased him and he ran right onto the pond.
"He ran out onto the ice about fifty feet out, the officers said, and stood there," said Champaign Police Officer Tod Myers. "The officers tried to verbally tell him to come back and then the ice broke."
For several minutes, the man was able to hold his head above water. investigators said they couldn't save him right away because it was too dangerous.
"There were a lot of people yelling at us to go help him but it's still unsafe," said Myers. "You don't know how thick the ice is. It's not worth it to go out there and fall in the ice and then you have multiple people that you're trying to rescue."
Police said the pond is about 15 feed deep, not nearly shallow enough to stand in. After a while, the man went under. It took a dive team close to 15 minutes to pull him out. The man was taken to a hospital just as soon as they pulled him out of the water. He was unresponsive at the time. No word yet on the man's condition.