Published: Oct 21, 2010 3:48 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 21, 2010 12:49 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - Authorities are searching for a handcuffed suspect who jumped into a bay near Miami while trying to evade police.

Police arrested the unidentified man around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning after reports that someone had been breaking into cars.

Miami Police spokesman Napier Velazquez said authorities were trying to put the suspect into the back seat of a squad car when he escaped and dove into Biscayne Bay. It's unclear whether the man was handcuffed in the front or back of his body.

Coast Guard officials sent a helicopter and small boat to search for the man.