Woman drives into lake, rescued by officers who were chasing her
HUDSON, Wis. -- Officers from Minnesota plunged into frigid Lake Mallalieu in northwest Wisconsin early Thursday to rescue a woman who had led them on a chase.The Hudson Police Department said the officers removed the woman from the vehicle as it...
HUDSON, Wis. - Officers from Minnesota plunged into frigid Lake Mallalieu in northwest Wisconsin early Thursday to rescue a woman who had led them on a chase.
The Hudson Police Department said the officers removed the woman from the vehicle as it was sinking. The woman, identified by Hudson police as 35-year-old Blaine resident Candace M. Maunu, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.
According to a news release, it was after 2 a.m. when Hudson police learned of a police pursuit headed east on Interstate 94 from Minnesota into Wisconsin. From there, the vehicle went north on Highway 35, past downtown Hudson and into the Lake Mallalieu boat landing.
The car stopped briefly before driving into the lake. Officers from the pursuing Minnesota agencies, which included Maplewood Police, Woodbury Police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, went into the water to get the woman.
Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen couldn't confirm reports that three officers went in, but said they didn't hesitate after the vehicle went in.
"They jumped into the water and smashed out the driver's window," he said.
The opening caused water to rush into the window, so officers backed away so they wouldn't get sucked in, Jensen said. A few seconds later, "she pops out" of the vehicle, he said.
Water temperatures were likely in the low 50s at the time, Jensen said, noting that the water rescue lasted less than a minute.
Jensen said officers were immediately concerned if there were others in the vehicle. Maunu told them she was alone, but Jensen said she wouldn't identify herself, which renewed concerns that she might not have been telling the truth about who was in the vehicle. The St. Croix EMS/Rescue-dive team was called in inspect the submerged vehicle which proved to be empty.
The vehicle was removed from the lake and is being held by Hudson police.