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Man booked into jail after car is submerged in the Yakima River

According to the Benton County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the area of Demoss Road and Ruppert Road early Friday morning after Phillip Braden reported that his car had been driven through a guard rail and down an embankment into the river. Photo courtesy: Benton County Sheriff's Office

Law enforcement suspect a man lied about a carjacking after his car ended up submerged in the Yakima River

According to the Benton County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the area of Demoss Road and Ruppert Road early Friday morning after Phillip Braden reported that his car had been driven through a guard rail and down an embankment into the river.

Braden told deputies a man stole the car while he was sleeping in the back seat and Braden started fighting with him, causing the car to go off the road.

He then reported to deputies that only he managed to escape, stating the other man was still in the car.

Dive rescue assisted in getting the car out of the water, only to find no one was in side.

BCSO says their investigation determined that Braden was actually the only person in the car and the alleged driver.

He's been booked for suspicion of driver under the influence, pending further charges.

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