Car Found in River, Driver Found Walking Nearby [UPDATED]
Washington State Patrol troopers say they found the driver of a BMW SUV that plunged into the Tieton River on Monday. Thirty-two-year-old Vadim Baran of California was found walking in his underwear along Highway 12 about two miles from the crash site. Baran was taken to a hospital to be checked out before he was arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended California driver’s license, and hit and run.
Now investigators want to know what he was doing and where he was for the 12 hours he was missing between the time he crashed and the time he was found. *********************
Yakima authorities are searching for the driver of a vehicle found in the Tieton River off of Highway 12 west of Naches on Monday. A witness reported the silver BMW SUV in the water at about 9:45 a.m. Monday about two miles west of Trout Lodge. Authorities searched for the driver, but the search was called off after a couple of hours of not finding anyone.
A rescue dive team from the sheriff's office arrived on scene along with a swift water rescue team and the Yakima Fire Department's high-angle rescue team were all on scene in the search for the driver. No driver was found as the investigation continues today.