Wis. Man Pulled From Submerged Car



A man was rescued after his car went in Lake Waubesa on Wednesday night.

Dane County sheriff's deputies and McFarland firefighters and EMS responded the incident at about 9:40 p.m.

When crews arrived, they found a 1994 Toyota Celica with the front end partially submerged in the lake, near the 4300 block of McConnell Street. The water was only knee-deep where the car came to a stop, according to Dane County officials.

Deputies said the car's driver, Ian S. Vaver, 25, showed signs of intoxication.

Authorities said that Vaver was concerned for two passengers in his car, but deputies were unable to find anyone in or around the car. After further interviews with Vaver, deputies were able to identify and eventually interview the two people that Vaver had believed were in his car. However, deputies determined there was no credible information that anyone except for Vaver was in the car at the time of the crash.

Because authorities originally believed other passengers were in the water, the Dane County Sheriff's Office Marine and Trail Enforcement assisted in the search and McFarland firefighters utilized an airboat. After an extensive search, crews were unable to find signs of anyone else in the water.

Deputies arrested Vaver on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants and issued him a citation for inattentive driving.

Vaver was uninjured in the crash and was released to a responsible party.

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