February 6, 2016

UPDATED: Alger man allegedly attempts suicide by driving into Tawas Bay


TAWAS — The Michigan State Police East Tawas Post (MSP) reported that Tuesday night, at approximately 9:30 p.m., an Alger man allegedly attempted suicide by traveling eastbound on M-55 at a high rate of speed and crossing over US-23, straight into the Tawas Bay.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, the MSP released the name of the driver as Andrew Denas, 28. As of Tuesday afternoon, Denas was being held in the Iosco County Jail after pleading to operating while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license and reckless driving. His bond was set at $25,000.

The vehicle in the accident allegedly became airborne after crossing US-23, rolled over and came to rest in the water, partially submerged.

A press release from the MSP said Denas was trapped inside the vehicle but was removed by two citizens.

He was transported to Tawas St. Joseph Hospital for treatment where he was released into police custody for operating while intoxicated, reckless driving and driving on a suspended license. He will also undergo a psychological examination while in the Iosco County Jail.

The Tawas Police Authority, Oscoda Township Dive Team, Iosco County EMS, East Tawas First Responders, East Tawas Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Tawas assisted MSP Troopers on the scene.

All information is courtesy the East Tawas Michigan State Police Post.

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