Isanti man is passenger in car that goes through ice in Forest Lake

The Washington County Fire Department Dive Team was called to Forest
Lake on Sunday, Feb. 20, after a car went through the ice on First Lake
and the occupants of the car could not be found.

Cliff Buchan
Forest Lake Times

The Washington County Fire Department Dive Team was called to Forest Lake on Sunday, Feb. 20, after a car went through the ice on First Lake and the occupants of the car could not be found.

Now, Forest Lake police say, the two people who were in the car will be issued a series of citations.
Police and fire personnel in Forest Lake were called to First Lake at 1:40 p.m. and found a car half submerged in water. The incident was about a quarter of a mile from the Lakeside Memorial Park lake access point and near the middle of First Lake, said Fire Chief Gary Sigfrinius.

The driver of the car was identified by Forest Lake police as Jerrianne J. Twingstrom, 20, of Balsam Lake, Wis. Sgt. Greg Weiss said she will be ticketed for driving after revocation, no insurance and having the wrong address on her driver’s license.

Her passenger, Tory A. Mogensen, 24, of Isanti, will be ticketed for allowing an unlicensed driver. The car was registered to a third party.

When emergency personnel arrived on the scene, the chief said, they found the four-door vehicle with the passenger’s side under water and the driver’s side tipped up. No occupants could be located, Sigfrinius said.

“You don’t know if they were in the water or walked away,” Sigfrinius said. “The hole was large enough to swallow up two cars.”

Because of the uncertainty, Sigfrinius said the Washington County Fire Department Dive team was dispatched to Forest Lake. Some 20 members of the dive team turned out, but did not have to go in the water.

An airboat operated by the Stillwater Fire Department was deployed. Lindstrom Fire Department also responded with its air boat, but it was not needed, the chief said. The Forest Lake Fire & Rescue air boat is out of commission and in the process of being replaced.

Police and fire later learned that two occupants of the car managed to escape the vehicle without injury and had left the scene.

Dan’s Towing of Forest Lake pulled the car from the water. The Washington County Sheriff’s Department was posting thin ice warning signs and marking the area where there was open water.

Sigfrinius said there is 20 inches of ice near where the car went through and authorities are not sure what caused the lake to open in this location.

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