PORTLAND, Ore. - A man looking forward to an early-morning fishing outing on the Willamette River with friends is instead looking at some big repair and towing bills after the SUV he was driving rolled down a boat ramp and into the water.
Even worse: it's not his SUV.
Scott Chauvet told KATU News he stepped away from the 2011 Chevy Suburban to relieve himself and apparently neglected to use the parking brake. The incident took place at about 5 a.m.
The Suburban rolled down the Cathedral Park boat ramp, located near the St. Johns Bridge, into the water and started to float away before it came to rest on some old pilings, according to Multnomah County sheriff's deputies.
No one was in the Suburban and no one was hurt.
The car's owner showed up later and said the Suburban is insured but it only has about 7,000 miles on it. He did not want to be identified, but said he's never had to file an insurance claim on a vehicle before.
A tow truck crew was brought in to pull the nearly submerged SUV from the water, but it was too early to know how much it would cost to repair.
A laptop computer that was in the SUV was also recovered, albeit a bit wet.