12/23/10 — Stolen car found in Dudley drainage ditch

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Stolen car found in Dudley drainage ditch

By Gary Popp
Published in News on December 23, 2010 1:46 PM

A vehicle that was reported stolen from the 700 block of Bryan Street Wednesday night was found submerged in a drainage ditch in Dudley around 6 a.m.

The Dudley Volunteer Fire Department received a call from passersby that the Chevy Impala was in a drainage ditch off of the 3300 block of Old Mount Olive Highway.

The vehicle's owner, Maquala King, reported that car stolen around 8:15 p.m.

According to the report, the vehicle was unlocked and the keys were in the ignition. It appears the car was stolen while Ms. King was warming up her car.

Randy Rogers, Chief of Arrington Fire Department, said the car was in an area of the ditch where the water was around 6 feet deep.

While Rogers said he could not be sure, it appeared the car entered the ditch intentionally.

"The first thing we did was search the vehicle to make sure no one was inside," Rogers said. "Then the operation went from rescue to recover."

Although the car was found in the Dudley fire district, Arrington was the primary responder because the Dudley fire department was working a fire scene on Brewington Drive.

ARR-MAC, a water rescue team, assisted in the recovery.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office and Emergency Services were also on the scene.