Update: Craig driver arrested after pickup plunges into Loudy-Simpson pond

Staff Report
Personnel with Colorado State Patrol and Craig Fire/Rescue respond to a pickup truck half-sunk in the waters of Loudy-Simpson Park's pond Thursday afternoon.
Andy Bockelman

CRAIG — A driver made an unfortunate splash south of Craig on Thursday.

A Chevrolet pickup truck was halfway submerged in the waters of the Loudy-Simpson Park pond when emergency responders were called to the scene about 5:30 p.m.

A male driver, 45-year-old Leith Little, of Craig, was turning right onto South Ranney Street from Colorado Highway 394 when he drove off the left side of Ranney, ran through a fence and plunged into the east side of the pond near the waterway’s culverts. He was not injured and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, careless driving, lack of insurance and failure to stop or yield at an intersection.

Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Craig Fire/Rescue were on the scene, as was an ambulance with Memorial Regional Health, which transported Little to The Memorial Hospital.

Before extracting the vehicle from the pond, responders had to ensure oil, gasoline and other fluids did not leak into the water, and firefighters were on hand to deal with any potential hazardous materials.

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