A man has avoided arrest by jumping into Lake Burley Griffin in the early hours of Monday morning, sparking a significant search of the area.

Police were following a vehicle to the lake at about 1:15am when a man and woman fled the car on foot, the woman was arrested a short time later before the man jumped into the water.

He was last seen about 100 metres from the water’s edge near Kings Avenue.

ACT Policing’s Detective Superintendent Scott Moller said A significant search was launched, involving the AFP Maritime unit and the SouthCare Rescue helicopter, to try an identify the man who evaded arrest.

“Visibility at that time of the morning was poor, so we also undertook a thorough search of the area that he was last seen to find more information about the incident.”

The car was being followed by police in relation to a failure to stop incident earlier as well as other traffic and property related matters.

A further two woman also related to the incident were arrested on Monday, with all three facing court.

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Detective Superintendent Moller said they’re now seeking the public’s help to identify the man involved.

“There are several persons of interest who we have identified as connected to this incident, and will be continuing our enquiries, which includes speaking to witnesses. I expect there will be further charges laid in the future.”

“I’d encourage anyone who has information to come forward to help with our investigation,” he added.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.