76-Year-Old Woman Drives Off Bridge, Rescued by Police and Citizen

June 18, 2018 07:38 AM

A woman drove off a bridge and ended up in Lake Latoka Saturday night before an officer and the initial caller pulled her to safety near Alexandria.

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According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 9:17 p.m. the sheriff's office was assisted by the state patrol with a motor vehicle accident in the construction area on Interstate 94. 

It was reported a vehicle was traveling eastbound in the westbound lane in the construction area. The driver, Beverly Toso, 76, drove off the bridge which is currently being replaced and ended up in the channel of Lake Lakota. 

According to the release, Deputy Ben Jarvi, who was close to the scene, arrived and found the car mostly submerged in the water. The deputy then tied a rope around his waist and entered the water. He found Toso still in the vehicle with approximately four inches of air between the water and roof of the vehicle. Jarvi was then able to open the door and pull Toso from the vehicle. 

"You don't have many opportunities like this in your career, so it's nice to be able to be there when it really matters," Jarvi said.

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Kenneth Fletcher, from Fargo, pulled Jarvi and Toso to shore. Fletcher was the original complainant. Toso was then transported to Alomere Hospital by North Ambulance. 

The state patrol is investigating the accident.


Tommy Wiita & Joe Mazan

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