A New Jersey police dive team recovered a pickup truck that sunk into the Toms River early Sunday morning after the vehicle was spotted driving donuts on the ice. The driver and passenger later turned themselves into police; both were unharmed. Their dog was not so lucky: Police found its frozen body in the submerged truck.
The truck drove out to the center of the river and began doing "donuts". Police units responded and also observed the vehicle on the ice. The headlight and brake lights could be seen from the shoreline as the vehicle headed South and West towards the other side of the river. After a period of time went by the lights suddenly were no longer visible.
"They went on the ice, and police shined their light on them, and they took off on the ice—turned lights off and took off," John Fackenthal, the passenger's uncle, told ABC New York. "They heard a crack, and got out of the car, and couldn't get the dog out, so the dog is still under."
NJSP TEAMS Unit conducted Successful Dive confirmed, No persons in Pickup; Boxer mix dog found in pkup. 2 subjects in custody.
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[Image via U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic]