Police rescue motorist, wife from floodwaters

Police rescued a Seymour couple in southwestern Jackson County on Saturday after their truck became stuck in lingering floodwaters.

Cace Tarr, 28, and wife, Cherie Fortino-Tarr, 43, were rescued at 6500 S. County Road 600W, police report.

The incident was reported to police at 12:26 p.m. by Cace Tarr who was driving a white Chevrolet 1500 when it stalled in floodwaters.

Jackson County Deputy Jesse Hutchinson responded to the scene, but could not reach the two.

Water came up to the door of the truck, police said.

Driftwood Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene, but the water was too deep in the area.

Indiana Conservation Officer Nate Berry then responded with an airboat, and police were able to rescue the two by 1:15 p.m.

No injuries were reported in the incident. Police did not issue a citation in the incident because the road was not posted, Lt. Adam Nicholson said.

Brownstown Police Officer Joe Kelly assisted at the scene.

It was the third water rescue police have conducted this week. Police have reminded motorists to not drive through floodwaters, turn around and seek alternate routes.

Police rescued Rick Hirtzel, 75, of Seymour from floodwaters on Wednesday, and a woman later that afternoon.

No injuries were reported in either of those incidents, but police have spent more than five hours rescuing individuals this week alone.

The maximum penalty for driving through floodwaters in Jackson County is $500.