Man Drives Car Into Detroit River Near Belle Isle

WWJ News
August 04, 2020 - 8:00 pm

(WWJ) A man who drove a car off Belle Isle into the Detroit River has been rescued. 

The vehicle was half in and half out of the water when a Detroit EMS medic and Michigan Department of Natural Resources officer pulled the driver out on the island near Casino Way, a little before 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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"There was a DNR officer initially in the water trying to get this guy out of his car, and then I had jumped in with him," the medic, Jason Cornell, told WWJ's Jason Scott. "...We had already broken the windows out, and we were trying to get the guy out." 

Detroit Fire Department officials told WWJ Newsradio authorities believe the man drove the car into the river on purpose, based on statements he made at the scene.


The driver was the only person in the vehicle, and no one was injured in the incident. 

Along with EMS, the DNR and DTD, the U.S. Coast Guard, Detroit Police Department and Michigan State Police were also on the scene. A tow truck was called to recover the car. 

The investigation was ongoing later Tuesday.

While no information about the man was released, State Police said, in a statement: "Out of respect for the person involved in the incident we are only saying they are not hurt and receiving the care they need."

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