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Police: Defective brakes led truck to bottom of Fox River in Cary

No driver was involved in the chain of events that led a truck to the bottom of the Fox River on July 1, authorities said.

The culprit was a set of defective brakes.

“We didn’t have a driver on this one,” Cary Police Deputy Chief Jim Fillmore said.

“Apparently, the vehicle had defective brakes and rolled into the river on its own after being parked.”

Cary police and the Cary Fire Protection District responded about 7:30 a.m. July 1 to Cary Street and Mildred Avenue for a report of tire tracks leading toward the river.

A nearby resident had reported that there were tire tracks headed toward the river across a vacant grassy lot, Cary Fire Protection District Capt. Andy Veath said at the time.

The fire district deployed a mutual aid request for a sonar diving team to find the vehicle.

A vehicle recovery company hired by the owner of the truck showed up at the scene as officials were investigating, Veath said.

A case of beer was seen on the passenger seat of the truck when it was recovered from the river.

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