By Susan Weich
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
WEST ALTON, Mo. — When St. Charles County sheriff’s deputy Mike Hoefle saw a car race past him toward a closed recreation area, he thought the driver was up to no good.
Hoefle followed the Hyundai as it continued down the unlit roadway. He saw it drive through a parking lot, down a rocky bank and into the icy waters of the Mississippi River.
Hoefle dropped his flashlight on the shore, shining it toward the river in case he got disoriented and couldn’t find his way back. He waded in until the water got up to his chin.
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