Woman rescued after car slides into water near Eagle Creek

IMPD officers pulled Parker from sinking car

INDIANAPOLIS - A woman was rescued after her car slid down an embankment and into some water on the city's west side early Tuesday, dispatchers said.

The rescue was reported just after 5 a.m. in the 3900 block of Glen Arms Road near Eagle Creek.

911 operators managed to track the location of the car from the woman's cellphone call. 

"The vehicle was submerged. And it was not really just water. It was more like a muddy swamp. The two of us alone couldn't get the door open, and we were trying with everything we had. And then Officer Huxley jumped in from the top," said Officer Nicholas Wroblewski with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Between the five people trying to help, the rescuers started to make progress.

"I could see her hand sticking out. But she was under water. And she got her head up for a second and took a big breath of air. And at that point, I got in between the car and the door and started pushing with both hands. And me and Wroblewski were pulling the door. And she got her head to stick out. And that's when our Officer Ramey and Officer Godby actually grabbed her by the shoulders and started pulling her," Officer Eric Huxley said.

By the time the officers got the woman, later identified as Shanika Parker, out of the car, there were only about eight inches of air left inside.

Parker was taken to the hospital where she was treated for minor facial injuries.

Parker issued a statement thanking the officers for rescuing her and called them heroes.

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