Mahomet police investigate car driven into river

MAHOMET — Mahomet police were trying to determine how and why a Mahomet man drove his car into the Sangamon River early Saturday.

Police Chief Mike Metzler said preliminary information was that a car was northbound on Illinois 47 about 2 a.m. when it apparently veered off the road near the bridge over the Sangamon on the south side of the village.

Metzler said a woman driving behind the car saw the car take a turn and thought it was odd because she didn’t believe there was a street there. She then got out of her vehicle and could hear the man in the river yelling.

The driver, identified as Jacob B. Townsend, 25, of the 1200 block of South Center Street, was able to get out of his car under his own power. He was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Metzler said alcohol was not a factor.

Cornbelt Fire Protection District firefighters and Reynolds Towing employees got the car out hours later.

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