Driver abandons his vehicle mid-stream

A romp through the Red Deer River near Bower Ponds has landed a driver in hot water.

Key Towing workers hook up chains to a sport utility vehicle’s front end so they can winch it out of the Red Deer River just upstream of Bower Ponds Tuesday.

A romp through the Red Deer River near Bower Ponds has landed a driver in hot water.

Red Deer Mounties were called out to the boat launch area at about 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday where they found a sport utility vehicle tied to a tree.

Police spokeswoman Cpl. Kathe DeHeer said the vehicle was immersed in deep water.

“It either stalled or got stuck,” DeHeer said.

The driver had tied the SUV to the tree, with the intent of driving it out at another time.

The vehicle was towed out of the water about 11 a.m.

DeHeer said the driver was contacted.

The vehicle was not stolen and no criminal charges will be laid.

“There are some bylaw issues that are being investigated,” DeHeer said.

“There could be some environmental issues with respect to oil in the river, which is also being investigated.”

Paul Goranson, development services director with the City of Red Deer, said there are no city bylaws applicable in these types of instances.

But some provincial and federal regulations may apply, he said.

For one thing, driving into the river can be disruptive to fish habitat.

“You can only disrupt the river at certain times,” Goranson said. “You can’t do it during spawning. Now is the time you can’t do that.”

People are also forbidden from putting any contaminant materials in the water, he said.

A similar incident occurred on June 14 within the same vicinity. A sport utility vehicle had to be pulled out of the river.

ltester@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Man accused of manslaughter in fatal collision testifies he was cut off

A Delburne man accused of causing a fatal collision said he was… Continue reading

Class size targets hard to reach in Red Deer

Red Deer Public Schools recently updated its average class size

Lotteries look to younger customers to increase sales

Promoting online and interactive games

Red Deer man helps light up the holidays for others

Jim Elliott’s in his 15th year of mapping the city’s most magical, lit-up homes

WATCH: CP Holiday Train rolls into Lacombe

Kelly Prescott performed for hundreds of Central Albertans

Barry Cooper: Separation has become a real possibility, thanks to Ottawa’s abuses

In the past couple of weeks, a retired senior oil executive, Gwyn… Continue reading

Sex assault trial for former gymnastics coach resumes in Sarnia

SARNIA, Ont. — The trial of a former high-ranking gymnastics coach accused… Continue reading

Victims of former ski coach Charest say they were ‘sacrificed’ by Alpine Canada

MONTREAL — A lawsuit filed Wednesday against Alpine Canada by three victims… Continue reading

Emily Blunt on the ‘daunting’ task of playing Mary Poppins

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Emily Blunt loves a challenge, and in the… Continue reading

Tommy Chong says Canada’s weed legalization has kept ‘underground market alive’

TORONTO — Tommy Chong has a pass, man. While some Canadians who… Continue reading

Apple deepens Austin ties, expands operations east and west

AUSTIN, Texas — Apple will build a $1 billion campus in Austin,… Continue reading

Trump comments upend U.S. approach to Huawei, trade talks

WASHINGTON — The United States and China have taken pains this week… Continue reading

Most Read