Police clarify circumstances of the rescue of two people from submerged car
The DRPS has issued a correction to its account of a single-vehicle accident on Regional Road 13 Sunday (July 29) night and the dramatic rescue that followed.
While the initial press release issued by police noted that the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle — who has also been charged in relation to the accident — escaped prior to the arrival of officers, the story has now changed considerably.
“The officers found a Dodge Journey on its roof submerged in water. The officers, with the assistance of several citizens, were able to smash the glass and extract a 7-year old boy and the 40-year-old driver who were trapped inside. The officers and the citizens lifted the car to create an air bubble in the vehicle, which allowed the occupants to have air to breathe. EMS assisted and took the occupants to local hospital. The 12-year-old daughter was able to get out of the vehicle prior to police arrival,” reads a media release issued Tuesday afternoon.
“The vehicle was originally westbound on Regional Road 13 when it lost control, striking a hydro pole and flipping onto its roof. The vehicle ended up in swampy water by the side of the road.”
The driver of the vehicle has been charged with two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and two counts of fail to provide breath sample. She was released on a Promise to Appear. Her name is being withheld to protect the identity of the children.