Police look for man after SUV plunges into Central Canal

Man offered money for ride, woman says

INDIANAPOLIS - A soggy man emerged from the  Central Canal in Broad Ripple early Saturday morning after an SUV plunged into the water.

The Indianapolis Fire Department and Indianapolis police were called to the water near the intersection of Park Avenue and East Laverock Road just before 4:30 a.m.

When crews arrived, they found a 2005 Buick Rendezvous with its lights still on sinking in the water.

A woman who was driving by the area first saw the SUV in the canal. She called 911 before encountering the man, fire officials said.

"She encountered a very soggy white male who offered her money for a ride to Fishers," said Bonnie Hensley, Indianapolis fire spokeswoman, in a news release. "She declined. He set off on foot, heading northbound."

Indianapolis police looked around the neighborhood for the driver and contacted a towing company to pull the SUV from the canal.

The man was described as being in his mid- to late-20s.

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