HOPKINS, Minn. (WCCO) — An erratic driver plunged into a small pond in Hopkins late Thursday morning, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Authorities received a call of a car in a pond at 11:27 a.m. on southbound Hwy. 169 just south of Minnetonka Boulevard. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol said witnesses reported a male driving erratically. The driver then hit the center median on Hwy. 169 before veering off the right shoulder and into the pond.

Authorities say two witnesses stopped to help the driver get out of his vehicle. Roeske said the driver was a 39-year-old male, but did not release his name. He also said the driver was semi-conscious, but not hurt as a result of the crash. The driver was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center. Witnesses at the scene said the driver was “very lucky” to not be more seriously hurt. The witnesses said the man missed a pole and several large trees before plunging into the pond.

Roeske said it appears that a medical condition caused the man to drive erratically and end up in the pond.

Comments (14)
  1. Type1Mom says:

    So when a medical condition causes the accident, you label the person an idiot. That makes no sense. In this case he had a diabetic reaction. Diabetes is a very difficult disease to control, so enough with the name calling.

  2. JamieinMN says:

    That’s not nice red. It’s possible this man had a MEDICAL CONDITION, and quite possible that it came unpredicted. Don’t be a 8======D

  3. red is cool says:

    he’s right, the guy really is an idiot. a smart person would have pulled over and called 9-1-1 instead, he kept driving and running into things… LIKE AN IDIOT

    1. JamieinMN says:

      really? Do you think it’s as easy as that?!?!!? Oh you are sadly mistaken!

  4. Folls all around today says:

    Somehow when I see the word red in the caption I know we got an idiot about to blab underneath.
    poor “red” s – pitiful tiny souls they have.

  5. me says:

    …who knows….next time maybe yours…

  6. erica says:

    why is he an idiot? you are the idiot!

  7. getridofthemall says:

    Youy don’t know when your going to get hit with a medical condition the phrase drop dead well sad to say my dad did exactly that because of a bad heart. He had no prior syptoms and thankful he was not driving it came all of a sudden and he dropped. So yes you are the idiot .

    1. getridofthemall says:

      Oh my dad was only 59 so he was not that old.

  8. Peter Malm says:

    Diabetes and Seizures prohibited from the drivings, same thing a Legally blind can’t drive..

  9. HooDatIS? says:


  10. Arthwr Withaw says:

    guys…that’s not the pond..it’s Minnehaha Creek right as it goes under 169. The two overflow ponds are just south of this.

  11. llp says:

    this is why comment sections are dumb

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