MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – A driver was charged with reckless endangerment after his truck got stuck in the Stones River Sunday afternoon in Murfreesboro.
The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said it happened on the water-covered slab at Elam Mill Road around 3 p.m.
Sheriff Robert Arnold stated 18-year-old Clinton Powers’ red pickup truck skidded off the slab and into the river, landing on its side and becoming half-submerged.
Passenger Brentan Mihm, 21, was able to swim to the shore for safety.
Powers, however, became trapped. He climbed on top of his truck until emergency personnel threw him a life jacket and used a raft to bring him to shore.
“Both victims were very lucky they did not drown today,” Sheriff Arnold said. “There were two high water signs posted and the water was up and unstoppable.”
Powers, the driver, was charged with reckless endangerment. He was booked into the Rutherford County jail on a $1,500 bond.
He reportedly told a responding deputy that he wasn’t aware the water was so deep.
“The water was about 3 feet deep,” Deputy Parsons Parsons estimated. “It was rapid. It was moving.”
Sheriff Arnold also said he plans to assess the county’s costs of the rescue.