Woman rescued from car that turned out to have been stolen

Thursday, July 2, 2009 | 11:35 a.m. CDT; updated 10:58 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 2, 2009

POPLAR BLUFF — A woman was rescued from a southeast Missouri pond after driving a car into it. As it turned out, it wasn't her car, and she was arrested on suspicion of car theft.

Police said 54-year-old Carol Langston of Poplar Bluff was driving a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am on Tuesday. She said another car forced her off the road. The Grand Am ended up about 100 feet from the road in a pond. Butler County Fire Chief Bob Fredwell waded into the pond and got Langston out.

While emergency workers tended to Langston, a state police officer showed up to investigate the accident. Authorities soon determined the car had been stolen from a home in Poplar Bluff, and Langston was arrested.



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