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Car recovered after suicide try at Norwalk Reservoir

Annie Zelm • Jun 3, 2010 at 11:56 PM

A Mansfield man drove his car into the Norwalk reservoir late Wednesday in a suicide attempt, then apparently had a change of heart.

After driving his Chevrolet Impala into the upper reservoir at Veterans Memorial Lake Park, Jeremy Blakely, 34, escaped on his own and walked to a relative's home nearby, Norwalk police Capt. Eric Hipp said.

A few hours later, at about 1 a.m., Blakely walked into the police station in wet clothes and told officers he'd tried to drown himself.

Hipp said he did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

A mental health professional evaluated him, and he was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. The hospital released him a short time later.

On Thursday morning, he showed officers where he'd driven the car into the water.

They arranged for two divers -- Norwalk Fire Capt. Bill Knadler and another diver from North Fairfield -- to help remove the submerged vehicle.

Knadler said the car was about 30 to 40 feet from the shore, but he could see its top.

The water it sat in was probably about 10 feet deep, he said.

Knadler, a 29-year veteran of the fire department and diver for about 7 years, hooked a chain up to the car from the tow truck.

It took about 10 minutes for White's Automotive Service to haul it in.

Knadler said he was surprised Blakely was able to free himself from the car.

He doesn't recall seeing any of the windows or doors open.

"I don't know how he did it," Knadler said.

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