Charges of driving under the influence of liquor are being sought for a 24-year-old Battle Creek man after his SUV crashed into the Kalamazoo River early Sunday.
Battle Creek police reported the crash at about 12:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, and said the westbound vehicle left Dickman Road and went through a fence and into the concrete channel of the river just east of Capital Avenue Southwest.
Officers said the driver was able to crawl out of the floating vehicle through a window but not able to climb out of the river. Police said the man was calling that he couldn't swim and that his ankle was injured.
Both the driver and the vehicle were floating in the river and passed the McCamly Street bridge before the man was rescued near the Washington Street bridge by an officer who waded into the waist-deep water.
The man was pulled from the river and taken to Bronson Battle Creek for treatment of his injuries.
The SUV floated to the Washington Street bridge where it was pulled by a wrecker from the water. The man told officers another vehicle swerved into the path of his vehicle forcing him off the road.
The crash remains under investigation.