Woman pulled from car in lake jailed for DUI

Posted at 12:16 PM, Dec 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-02 14:16:27-05

The woman who was rescued from a car sinking in a frigid lake is now facing DUI charges.

Good Samaritans pulled Annaliese Vucich, 22, out of Lake Loveland Saturday night.

Teenagers Robert Morgan and Connor Quick were making a late-night food run when they saw the car drive right into the lake at West Eisenhower Boulevard and Colorado Avenue.

The pair pulled over and Morgan jumped into the lake - in 20-degree weather - and swam out to the sinking car.

"It was just kind of instinct," 18-year-old Morgan said.

"The door wasn't opening so I just kind of went with my gut and elbowed the window twice and it broke out," said Morgan.

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He was able to pull the woman out and swam her to shore.

Then Quick went into the icy lake to see if anyone else was in the car.

The woman was rushed to the hospital, Battalion Chief Michael Cerovski with Loveland Fire Rescue confirmed.

The rescuers but themselves in danger to help Vucich, officials said.

“First of all it’s cold weather. It’s nighttime. It’s dangerous to be in the water. It’s even more dangerous when it’s as cold as it is," Cerovski said.

The dive team searched the lake and confirmed there was no one else in the water.