A submerged car in Warren County leads to stolen vehicle

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WARREN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) -- A water rescue turned into catching a thief in Warren County on Sunday afternoon.

A fisherman who was just trying to catch some bass turned into a hero after noticing something wasn't right in the water.

"I pulled up and had my glass breaker just in case someone was there," Rob McDearman says. He noticed the green truck in the small lake at Basil Griffin Park. That's when his instinct kicked him.

"There was a guy in (the truck), and he was waiving his hands," McDearman told 13 News. "I jumped in the water and pulled him out."

A rescue that happened after police say a 1995 Dodge Ram went into the water from a boat ramp. The driver told McDearman that his friend was still in the truck, but before McDearman knew it, the driver was gone.

Deputies have now identified the driver as 36-year-old Travis Smiley, of Glasgow. The Warren County Sheriff's Department says Smiley fled on foot to Aviation Heritage Park and forced his way into the hanger area. Deputies found Smiley in the Huey Helicopter.

"At this time, it appears the truck was stolen out of Barren County," Captain Tim Robinson, Warren County Sheriff's Office, said. He also said no motive has been determined.

As for the fisherman who rescued Smiley, he says he's no hero.

"I don't want to be called a hero, I did what anybody would do," McDearman said.

Smiley is being charged with the following:

Wanton Endangerment

Receiving Stolen Property

Criminal Mischief, 1st Degree

Tampering With Physical Evidence

Resisting Arrest

Burglary, 3rd Degree

Criminal Mischief, 3rd Degree

Escape, 3rd Degree

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