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Man drives into West Jordan canal, gets stuck and fires his gun to get neighbor's attention

WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Neighbors in West Jordan got a rude awakening when a man, who drove off the road into a canal, fired his gun to get their attention.
WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Neighbors in West Jordan got a rude awakening when a man, who drove off the road into a canal, fired his gun to get their attention.

It happened just before 1:30 Wednesday morning at 1571 West Cole Lane in West Jordan.

Pratt Cole has lived on Cole Lane most his life. In fact, the street is named after his father. He only has one reason why someone would be driving down his street.

"To see us,” said Cole. “There's no other reason to be here. The three houses are all that's here."

Well that only leaves one explanation. "He had to be lost,” guessed Cole. “He just drove off the road; he turned too sharp. He may have been trying to turn around, I don't know."

Police aren't too sure either. West Jordan Police Officer Craig Carroll told ABC 4 News, "He was stuck for 45 minutes. He probably got panicky at that point. He had a weapon with him and pulled it out and shot three rounds to get attention."

The man had his legs pinned inside the truck and the water he was sitting in was muddy and cold, but no one is quite sure why he felt firing his weapon was the only way he'd be rescued.

“Don't know anything about his horn,” said Officer Carroll. “That would have probably been a logical choice, but I don't know if that was working or not."

“I don't know how else he'd be found till the morning,” said Cole. “I think it's a bad idea, but maybe it was his last resort."

The 23-year-old driver was taken to the hospital and released. He's been cited for driving under the influence and police are looking into citing him for firing his weapon within city limits.
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