Authorities Pull Car from Ice on Prior Lake

Updated: 01/23/2013 2:45 PM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda

A car that crashed through the ice last weekend on Prior Lake caught the attention of passersby Wednesday as it was pulled from the lake.

The 1997 Lincoln was on a large ice dam last Saturday when it broke through the ice near Reeds Island, said Scott County Sheriff Kevin Studnicka.

The driver, whose car had North Dakota license plates, was not injured.

Once down, the car popped up because of the water pressure, Studnicka said. The car remained in the lake over the weekend and into this week.

Prior Lake has natural springs, which sometimes cause thin ice - making for dangerous driving conditions, said Sgt. John Kvasnicka of the sheriff's department.

Minnesota law says that drivers have up to 30 days to remove their cars from the ice.

Tow companies will charge up to a couple thousand dollars to remove a vehicle from the ice, he said. Insurance companies rarely cover the costs. The job sometimes requires divers.

Authorities are not investigating the Prior Lake incident and no arrests were made.