Anoka County Deputy Rescues Motorist From Icy Pond

Meritte Dahl

An Anoka County sheriff's deputy rescued a young driver whose SUV slid out of control into a deep pond, authorities told the Star Tribune Friday.

The SUV, driven by 19-year-old Zach Fritz of Andover, went out of control due to icy conditions. The vehicle slid sideways, jumped a curb and went through a fence and into the pond, the sheriff's office told the Star Tribune.

Deputy Chris Pierro arrived at the scene shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday, near the intersection of Bunker Lake and Crosstown boulevards, the Pioneer Press reported. Fritz had managed to get out the vehicle and was treading water.

Pierro shed some clothes before swimming out to Fritz and swimming them both back to shore.

Fritz was treated at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, and was released the same day, the Pioneer Press reported. Pierro did not need medical treatment.