Dive team pulls car from Lake Allatoona
by Megan Thornton
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Divers with the Cherokee County Dive Team recover a silver Dodge Charger in Lake Allatoona on Tuesday after a fisherman reported to Cherokee 911 the vehicle ‘was sinking fast and had people in it.’ Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Tim Cavender said no injuries were reported. <br>Special to the Cherokee Tribune
Divers with the Cherokee County Dive Team recover a silver Dodge Charger in Lake Allatoona on Tuesday after a fisherman reported to Cherokee 911 the vehicle ‘was sinking fast and had people in it.’ Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Tim Cavender said no injuries were reported.
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A mysterious splash in Lake Allatoona left an apparently passenger-free Dodge Charger stuck in the lake for a day until Cherokee County divers could locate and recover the vehicle, according to authorities.

On Monday afternoon, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a call shortly before 4:45 p.m. regarding a car that had gone into the water off the boat ramp off Kellogg Creek Road, spokesman Tim Cavender said in a news release Tuesday.

“Cherokee County 911 received a call from a fisherman who indicated that the vehicle was sinking fast and people were in it,” Cavender said. “However, when emergency service personnel arrived on the scene, the owner of the vehicle stated that there wasn’t anybody in the car.”

A diver with the Cherokee County Dive Team went into the water just after 6 p.m., but nothing was found after an hour and a half of searching and the search was postponed until Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Cavender said the car was found shortly after 12 p.m. Tuesday about 200 feet from shore and straps were used to pull it out of the water around 2 p.m.

No injuries were reported in the incident, Cavender said.

Lt. Jay Baker with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday evening the incident remains under investigation.

Baker said the car owner was present at the scene when deputies arrived and investigators believe no one else was involved in the incident.

“(The car owner) has provided a number of stories as to how the car ended up in the lake,” Baker said. “Detectives are investigating his account to determine if a criminal act occurred.”

Baker asked that anyone who witnessed the incident contact Investigator Jeff Hall at (770) 928-0239.

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