Shortly after noon Saturday, a man in his 40s with a history of erratic behavior drove a Range Rover through McKinley Park in East Sacramento and into its shallow pond. No one was injured, said a Sacramento police spokesman.
The man told police he was despondent and bipolar, and was taken to Sutter General Hospital for psychiatric evaluation. He was not charged with a crime, and police did not release his name.
Sacramento police Sgt. Arnel Aquino was one of many officers on the scene, along with the Sacramento Fire Department and members of the Drowning Accident Rescue Team (DART). Aquino said the ownership of the vehicle had not yet been determined.
“We responded to numerous calls of a subject driving through the park (along the 600 block of Alhambra Boulevard) and (ending up) in the pond,” Aquino said. “Our first officer got here two minutes later and saw a single male occupant in the car. The officer coaxed him out of the car, but he sat on the roof, then eventually got in the water and walked over to the officer. He was taken into custody without incident.
“We made sure no one else was inside the car, then tow truck operators hooked it up and pulled it out,” Aquino said. “It’s a crowded park on a nice day, but no one was in any danger. Witnesses said he was driving through the park in a pretty controlled manner and not at a high rate of speed. Still, it was fortunate no one got hurt.
“We’re still in the process of investigating possible alcohol or drug impairment,” Aquino added. “We’re looking at all angles.”
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