Wells, MN (KROC-AM News) -- The Minnesota State Patrol has released information about the recent heroics of two State Troopers in southern Minnesota.

A post on the State Patrol Facebook page says the fully uniformed troopers jumped into the partially frozen Blue Earth River on March 3rd to save a man whose car had slid down an embankment into the water.

The crash into the river occurred while the troopers were pursuing the man on I-90 in Faribault County. The State Patrol says he was being sought because family members had called 911 and reported they were concerned about his well-being. The three-mile long chase ended when the man crashed through a guardrail and plunged into the river.

After ditching their radios and Tasers, the troopers put on life jackets and went into the frigid water, where they had to break out a window to pull the man out of the nearly submerged car. The Facebook post indicates there was a two-inch thick layer of ice covering the river about 20-feet from shore, and then about 40 feet of open water that was 4 to 5 feet deep out to where the spot where the vehicle was sinking.

The troopers brought the man safely to shore and he was transported to a hospital before he was charged with drunk driving.

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