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Police respond to reports of a car in the Millrace Canal in Goshen on Thursday, March 28, 2013. The car was submerged in the water north of Shanklin Park. (Truth Photo By Justin Leighty) (AP)

A tow truck crew works with officials to remove a car found in the Millrace Canal in Goshen on Thursday, March 28, 2013. The car was found submerged in the water north of Shanklin Park. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (RYAN DORGAN)

Goshen Firefighter Brad Showalter helps Goshen Police Officer Jeff Schrock from the Millrace Canal after Schrock hooked up the car for removal Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Goshen. The driver of the car was able to escape the plunge into the canal without serious injury and was taken to IU Health Goshen Hospital. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Goshen Police Officer Jeff Schrock swims away as crews begin to remove a car that had driven into the Millrace Canal Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Goshen. The driver of the car was able to escape without serious injury and was taken to IU Health Goshen Hospital. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Emergency responders watch as a car is removed from the Millrace Canal Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Goshen. The driver of the car was able to escape without serious injury and was taken to IU Health Goshen Hospital. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)
Man drives into Goshen Millrace
Posted on March 28, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on March 28, 2013 at 2:22 p.m.

GOSHEN – A driver who crashed his car into the Millrace Canal Tuesday morning could face felony charges for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

According to a news release from the Goshen Police, Marc Peterson, 63, of Goshen was driving his 1996 Toyota Corolla on the foot path along the canal when he lost control and drove into the water just north of the Douglas Street foot bridge.

A witness called 911 at 10:57 a.m. to report the incident.

When officers arrived at the scene they found the vehicle completely submerged and Peterson on the west bank of the water.

Peterson was found to have a blood alcohol content of .211 percent. A person is considered legally drunk with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent.

He was transported to IU Health Goshen for treatment of minor abrasions and contusions and will be arrested for operating while intoxicated upon his release from the hospital, police said.

Bulldog Towing, with the assistance of a Goshen Police Department diver, removed the vehicle from the water.

The Elkhart County Health Department was called and determined that the incident had not caused any public or environmental health concerns.