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Posted on: March 11, 2019

Man Charged With DUI After Breaking Through Ice on Hayden Lake

Hayden, ID: - Deputies arrested John W. Hamilton - 37 of Coeur d’Alene, ID for his second offense DUI after he drove out onto Hayden Lake and his car broke through the ice.

Yesterday, at approximately 10:10 p.m., deputies were dispatched to Honeysuckle Beach in Hayden for a report that a vehicle drove onto the ice and was sinking. Witnesses reported a vehicle had twice driven onto the lake from the Honeysuckle Beach Boat launch but was now sinking. Upon their arrival, deputies witnessed a male in wet clothing walking towards the shore as the tail lights of the vehicle slipped beneath the surface.

Members of the KCSO Dive Rescue Team and KCSO’s Sonar Team responded to the scene. Based on Hamilton’s statements, KCSO believed that he was the only occupant of the vehicle. As a precautionary measure, KSCO’s Sonar Team deployed a Remote Operated Vehicle under the ice to confirm no one else was inside Hamilton’s vehicle.

Hamilton, who was driving a 2015 Nissan Rogue, was very lucky that he was not seriously injured or trapped inside his vehicle. The vehicle broke through the ice approximately 650’ from shore and is submerged in approximately 17’ of water. Due to the ice the vehicle was not recovered and will most likely not be recovered until the ice melts.

KCSO is urging everyone to please stay away from the ice around the vehicle to prevent any unnecessary injuries.

Sheriff Ben Wolfinger

By: Det. D. Stinebaugh

Case # 19-08340


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