Fire captain: Car in creek near Kuna school turned out to be large toy

kmoeller@idahostatesman.comApril 24, 2014 

A Boise dive team and emergency personnel from Eagle and Kuna were dispatched to a report of a car in the creek near Indian Creek Elementary School in Kuna Thursday morning. The call came in around 8:14 a.m.

Under steady rain, firefighters searched the creek for signs of the car as they walked on a path near the water. The car they found was about a half-mile downstream from the school. It was smaller than they expected.

"We found a child's battery-powered vehicle," said Kuna Fire Capt. John Charlton.

The 3-foot by 4.5-foot black Cadillac replica looked realistic. From a distance, it could be mistaken for a full-sized car, Charlton said.

It was upside down in the creek and within arm's length, so they were able to pull it out fairly easily. They took a photo of the toy and had it emailed to the school officials who reported seeing it. Witnesses said it looked similar to what they observed.

"We're confident that this is what they saw," Charlton said. A full-sized car would have become hung up on the footbridge near the school, he said.

Charlton said firefighters were concerned that a child might have been on the toy when it went into the river. But that seemed unlikely once they had a chance to examine the car: It didn't have a battery, a motor, a seat or a steering wheel.

"It was beat up pretty good," Charlton said.

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