Man Loses Dog, Rental Car in Same Night

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009  |  Updated 3:30 AM EDT
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Man Loses Dog, Rental Car in Same Night

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A Michigan man had one heck of "D'oh" moment when he locked his keys in his rental car, and then watched it sink.

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A man driven to find his lost dog also lost his car after he drove onto the frozen Black River in St. Clair County, locked himself out of the idling vehicle, then watched as heat from the 1994 Buick's exhaust pipe melted the ice beneath it.

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Lt. Matt Paulus told The Detroit Free Press “It happens a lot more downriver...,” The river freezes solid and is often used by snowmobiles and cars during winter months, he added. “We usually get a couple a year. We already had two snowmobiles go in last week.”

Port Huron reported that a police dive team were expected Wednesday to help pull the car from the frigid river off Port Huron Township, about 55 miles northeast of Detroit.

The newspapers said the Buick was a loaner while the man's vehicle is being repaired at a collision shop.

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