ALEXANDRIA, Minnesota — A man miraculously survived when his car vaulted off an embankment over 210 feet of open water and landed safely on an ice floe on a lake in northern Minnesota.
Alexandria police say they aren’t sure exactly how James Sundby, 38, of Wadena, managed the spectacular crash early Saturday morning, but say they don’t believe drugs or alcohol were involved.
“That fact that guy is even alive is a miracle,” Police Chief Rick Wyffels told the Echo Press.
After landing safely, Sundby waded through the frigid water back to land and proceeded to knock on the doors of several lake houses trying to find someplace to warm up, cops said.
At one point, Sundby made his way into one home, where he took off his shoes and started watching TV.
“I was awoken by the bedroom light being turned on,” homeowner Andy Armstrong told the newspaper. “He was in my house and had been there some time. My TV was on and he’d flipped through the channels because it wasn’t on the same channel as when I went to bed. The living room lights were on, kitchen lights, bathroom lights, he even took his shoes off when he came in the house.”
Sundby was apologetic and then left, Armstrong.
Meanwhile, police had been called and told a man covered in blood had been pounding on people’s doors near Lake Lake L’Homme Dieu. They soon found Sundby back near the lake.