Johannesburg - Police were searching a dam in Benoni, east of Johannesburg, for a suspected car thief who jumped in while trying to evade police on Monday.
His two alleged accomplices were pulled from the water and arrested, Warrant Officer Jannie van Aswegen said.
"Police spotted a car which had false number plates on and when they tried to stop the car, the driver sped off."
After a high-speed car chase, the car crashed into a taxi parked at the Benoni taxi rank. The three men jumped out of the vehicle, fled on foot and jumped into the dam.
The car they had been driving was hijacked in Springs two weeks ago.