Teen rescued from car in lake, ticketed

Updated: Mar. 5, 2021 at 12:33 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - An 18-year-old was rescued from a submerged car after police observed him speeding on Franklin Avenue.

Orleans Levee District Police say the crash happened around 7 p.m. on March 4.

Police say the vehicle went through the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Lakeshore Drive before hitting a concrete barrier, causing the car to go airborne and into the lake.

The officer grabbed a floatation device and threw it to the driver, who was pulled ashore by the officer and another witness nearby.

The driver was treated at the scene and taken to a local hospital.

The teen claims his brakes malfunctioned, causing him to lose control. He was cited for careless operation.

Recovery efforts to pull the car from the lake are underway.

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