Man Drives SUV Into River To “Fill Up Radiator”

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A man in Yakima, Washington had his vehicle towed after police found it parked in a lake.

Yakima County Sheriff’s Office said they got a call on Tuesday about 11 in the afternoon about an SUV being submerged in the Yakima River so they drove out to the location.

When the police arrived on the scene they found the blue Chevrolet Suburban in the water and confronted a man who was standing nearby who said he intentionally drove it into the river.

He told the officers that he had just replaced the thermostat in the vehicle and needed to fill the radiator with water. In order to do so, he decided to drive it into the lake to get the water in the radiator.

Yakima County Sheriff’s Office said the SUV was towed. It was unclear if he was charged or taken to jail.

The Yakima River is a tributary of the Columbia River in south-central and eastern Washington state and is named after the indigenous Yakama people.

The length of the river from headwaters to mouth is 214 miles, with an average drop of 9.85 feet per mile. It is the longest river entirely in Washington state. See drone footage of the Yakima River below.