Officials: Fast-acting deputy pulls man from sinking car

Officials: Fast-acting deputy pulls man from sinking car

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A sheriff's deputy and construction workers are being credited with possibly saving the life of a man whose car ended up in a canal Thursday evening.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said Cpl. Patrick Roberts was writing reports in his unit near the South Mall Drive exit around 5 p.m. when several construction workers approached and told him a vehicle was partially submerged in the canal after it went off South Mall Drive.

Officials added the driver was unresponsive and unable to get out of the vehicle as it continued to sink. Deputies said Roberts ran across several lanes of traffic and jumped into the water to pull the driver to safety.

Deputies said the driver was taken to the hospital to get checked out by medical personnel, but had no serious injuries. It is believed the crash may have been caused by some type of medical episode. The driver's name was not released.

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