Stolen car pulled from river

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - What was thought to be a water rescue in downtown Memphis overnight turned out to be something totally different.

Around 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Memphis Police received a call about a vehicle that had gone into the Mississippi River along Riverside Drive between Union Avenue and Court Street.

Bystanders said they saw the brake lights from the pickup truck flashing before it went into the water.  Because of that, Memphis Police and fire officials thought someone might be in the vehicle.

"(Bystanders) assumed someone was in it, so we had to take that position also," said Lt. R.E. Prewitt of the Memphis Police Department.

Police called out rescue boats, a helicopter, and the Shelby County dive to assist.  But once officials pulled the truck up to the surface a few hours later, no one was inside.

Police later found out the vehicle was reported stolen earlier in the evening.  Investigators are not sure how the white Chevy pickup truck ended up in the water.

"We don't know how it got in there, whether the owner put it in or the person that stole it ran it into the water," Prewitt said.

An investigation is ongoing.

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