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Woman arrested after driving car into Huntley lake

Driver swam to shore before car fell through ice

Alex Vucha - for Shaw Media 
A woman was arrested and her vehicle sank to the bottom of a small lake Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, near Hamilton Road and N. Lakeview Drive in Huntley.
Alex Vucha - for Shaw Media A woman was arrested and her vehicle sank to the bottom of a small lake Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, near Hamilton Road and N. Lakeview Drive in Huntley.

HUNTLEY – Police arrested a woman who drove her vehicle Thursday night into a small lake in Huntley and made it to shore before the car was fully submerged.

Brittaney Bond, 25, of Lake in the Hills was issued two traffic citations in connection with the crash and arrested on an unrelated warrant late Thursday evening, McHenry County Sheriff’s deputy Sandra Rogers said in an email.

Bond posted bond at 12:44 a.m. Friday, according to the McHenry County Jail log.

McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and Huntley Fire Protection District officials responded about 8:30 p.m. Thursday night to the 12000 block of North Lakeview Drive in Huntley to reports of a car submerged in water.

Bond told deputies she pulled off to the side of the road and into the Emerald Lake subdivision to use the bathroom, Rogers said. When Bond tried to leave the subdivision, she drove off the roadway because of adverse weather conditions, struck a stop sign and tired to get back on the roadway.

When she couldn’t get back on the road, she continued through a yard and ended up on the frozen lake, Bond told police. The weight of her car broke the ice.

Bond was able to escape the vehicle before it submerged, swam to an ice block and reached shore, she told police.

Bond was arrested on an unrelated warrant for failure to appear in court on an expired drivers license charge, a jail official said.

Tracks were visible near the lake Friday morning that appeared to weave between the trees of a front yard, travel into a home’s backyard and out onto the lake, which was covered in ice. A large hole was apparent on the lake’s southwest end.

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