BY LINDSAY MCCOY
Times Bulletin News Writer
WREN - A flooded roadway caused a local driver and his mother a very cold, wet experience on Tuesday night.
Around 8:20 p.m. the Van Wert Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from a mother reporting that her son had driven into the high water on St. Rd. 49, south of Piqua Rd. and was stuck there. The driver of the vehicle, Jared Moses, went around barricades on the road and crossed one section of flooded highway and was trying to get through a second flooded area when the car stopped in the water which was a foot-and-a-half feet deep across the road.
When deputies arrived, Moses was still inside the car. He climbed out onto the top of the car at the request of a deputy. Moses advised authorities that only his feet were wet and he was otherwise fine.The Willshire Fire Department and the Wren squad arrived next on the scene. The Van Wert Fire Department was also dispatched for a water rescue. A Samaritan helicopter was put on standby and was later requested to fly to the Wren ballpark.
Moses soon notified personnel that he could no longer feel anything from the waist down from the cold as he was not dressed to be exposed to cold temperatures for a long period of time. A crew from the Van Wert Fire Department soon arrived with a boat. Rescuers took the boat out to the vehicle which was about 50 yards from the edge of the water on the roadway. Moses was rescued from the stranded vehicle and was checked over by paramedics.
The night was not over for responding personnel though. Moses got into a vehicle with his mother, Robyn E. Moles of Willshire, but when she tried to drive around some high water, she drove off the left side of the road and had to be retrieved by the water rescue squad. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.