A 58-year-old Platteville man was injured when his truck ended up in the Little Platte River Friday night.
Clifton G. Schuler was taken by Platteville EMS after the crash at the end of Quarry Lane north of Platteville around 8:50 p.m., according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.
Schuler was driving on Quarry Lane when the truck left the road at a right turn, went over the embankment into the Little Platte River, and came to rest on the driver’s side, according to the sheriff’s department.
The first sheriff’s deputy on the scene and a UW–Platteville police officer joined other passersby who stopped to help to hold up the truck in the river so it would not overturn more, keeping Schuler’s head above water, according to the sheriff’s department.
Schuler was arrested for first-offense drunk driving, and cited for operating without a valid driver’s license, and operating left of center.
The Platteville Fire Department assisted at the scene. The Department of Natural Resources was called because of fluid seepage into the river. Precision Auto of Platteville removed the truck from the river.