A 51-year-old West Bend man drove his son’s car off the Port Washington shore into Lake Michigan Monday morning in what he told police officers was a suicide attempt, Police Chief Kevin Hingiss said.
A witness called police shortly after 8 a.m. after he saw the man drive into the lake between the breakwater construction fence and the northern-most marina pier, Hingiss said.
When officers arrived, they saw a four-door hatchback in about three feet of water, 25 feet from shore, he said. The driver was sitting in the water near the shore.
“He made some statements indicating this was a suicide attempt,” Hingiss said.
Officers called for an ambulance and brought the man a blanket, but when they began walking toward the shore the man began to run, he said.
“He took off running and dove head-first into the water,” Hingiss said.
The officers went in after the man, then handcuffed him and brought him to the shore, he said.
The man was then taken by Port Washington ambulance to St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital in Mequon.
Hingiss said that when police searched the car, they found a .38-caliber handgun and ammunition in the vehicle.