Moline Police investigate a crash which ended with a vehicle submerged in the Mississippi River

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William Watson of Moline drove his car into the river late Thursday night, Nov. 18.

On Thursday, Nov. 18, at approximately 11:23 p.m., Moline Police and Moline Fire Departments were dispatched to the 4300 block of River Drive, in reference to a vehicle that went off the roadway, into the river and became completely submerged.

Moline Police officers located a 25-year-old male swimming ashore and he advised he was the driver
and lone occupant of the vehicle. Moline Fire EMS treated the driver on scene for minor cold weather
related injuries.

William Watson, 25, of Moline was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and taken to the
Rock Island County jail in lieu of bond. The Moline Police Department was assisted by the Moline Fire Department, Big River Rescue and Recovery Dive Team, Quad City Towing and Cantrell’s Towing in removing the vehicle from the river.

The case is still under investigation by the Moline Police Department Traffic Unit. Anyone with
information is encouraged to call the police department, or Crime Stoppers

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