A 43-year-old Pine County man was arrested after one of his passengers died when his vehicle was submerged in the Kettle River on Monday afternoon.
Law enforcement responded to the scene at approximately 3:45 p.m. Monday. They recovered the body of a 47-year-old Pine County man from the submerged vehicle a few hours later.
The vehicle's driver was arrested and potentially faces a charge of criminal vehicular operation, according to a news release from the Pine County Sheriff's Office.
The driver and other passenger, a 48-year-old man from Pine County, were outside of the submerged vehicle when law enforcement arrived at the scene.
A dive team located the vehicle submerged in 14 feet of water and recovered the man's body from it around 6 p.m. The body was transported to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
Law enforcement arrested the vehicle's driver. He may be formally charged after the Pine County attorney reviews the incident, according to the news release.
Law enforcement is investigating the incident.