Crowds of spectators watched as a man drove his SUV into the McKinley Park pond Saturday afternoon.
Police arrived at the park around noon, and found a 42-year-old man sitting on the roof of his 2004 Range Rover.
Witnesses said he entered from the McKinley and 33rd Street corner of the park, drove through the softball fields, by the rose garden, and ended up in the pond.
Driving inside the McKinley Park grounds is not allowed.
After waiting for about 15 minutes, the man decided to walk into the pond, and onto shore. However, some said that was not the best idea.
“It’s been deemed a human health hazard, by the testing that was done. The E. Coli, salmonella which is the same coliform bacteria, is eight times of what the norm should be,” Judy McClaber, known as the Guardian of the Pond,” said.
Two hours later, the SUV was towed out. Nobody was hurt.
After a field sobriety test, police deemed the driver was not under the influence of any kind. However, he was taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation.