Mario Ottesen was not a stick in the mud, but he was stuck in the mud.
Ottesen called 911 Wednesday night after he was given a ride by strangers, thrown off a bridge on Interstate 30 and into a muddy Lake Ray Hubbard.
“Mr Ottesen landed in the mud below and eventually tried to walk to dry land,” said Dallas police Lt. Max Geron in a Thursday email. “He became stuck in the thick mud.”
Wylie firefighters rescued the 23-year-old using their hovercraft.
The incident began about 10 p.m. Wednesday as Ottesen was walking near Interstate 30 and Texas 205. A white van with four or five men inside stopped and offered Ottesen a ride across the Lake Ray Hubbard bridge, according to Dallas police reports.
The van traveled west on the bridge but never reached the end, Geron said.
“The driver of the van suddenly stopped,” Geron said. “The other suspects grabbed Mr. Ottesen and threw him off the bridge.”
Lake Ray Hubbard like many other North Texas lakes affected by the drought has low lake levels, and that’s why Ottesen landed in mostly thick mud instead of water.
In the ordeal, Ottesen suffered minor scrapes, but the case was reported as an aggravated assault because of the possibility of serious injuries, Dallas police said.
The suspects were described as four or five white men about 20 years old. No other details about them were available.