Man rescued from sinking car in Akron

Man rescued from sinking car in Akron

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - An Akron police officer and three firefighters pulled a man from a sinking car after he drove it into Summit Lake on Friday, April 21.

Shortly after 3 p.m. Friday, officers and paramedics were dispatched to Summit Lake near the community center, for a vehicle that drove into the lake. The car was about twenty feet off shore when help arrived.

Officer James Craft and three firefighters, Lieutenant Jeff Layne, Christopher Manzo and Nicholas Clymer went into the cold water and reached the car, which was partially submerged. Lieutenant Layne was off-duty riding his bike when he observed the car being driven into the lake. He called for help then got into the water to help.

The 22-year-old male, of Akron, refused to open the door or window and was aggressively resisting the officers help. At one point, the male tried to push the officer under water.

Eventually, they were able to get the male driver out of the car and on to the shore to safety. He was transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General for an evaluation.

The vehicle, a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica was towed from the water.

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