Driver Unhurt as Van Ends Up in Settlers' Park Pond

Douglas Muldoon of Darien is charged with DUI in the incident, according to Plainfield police.

Updated 9:45 a.m. Sept. 15:

A Darien man is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after losing control of his van and ending up in a pond in Settlers' Park, police said Saturday.

Douglas W. Muldoon, 41, was arrested shortly after the early-morning incident, said Officer Tracy Caliendo.

"It looks like he was traveling down Village Center [Drive] and decided to go through the trees," Caliendo said. 

Muldoon's van entered the pond, and Caliendo said he was getting out of the vehicle as police and fire crews arrived on the scene.

No one was hurt in the incident, Caliendo said.

Original story 8:12 a.m. Sept. 15:

responding to a call about a submerged vehicle found the driver unharmed when they arrived at early Saturday morning, according to Deputy Fire Chief Jon Stratton.

Stratton said the call came in around 6:30 a.m. after a man lost control of his van and ended up in a pond at Settlers’ Park.

“We were all geared up for a water rescue,” Stratton said, but by the time emergency crews arrived, the driver was safely out of the vehicle. There were no other occupants in the van, he said.

“[The van] was submerged about halfway,” Stratton said.

The driver was uninjured and was released to the , he said.


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Ray September 16, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Is Settlers Park anywhere near the intersections of Ridge, County Line, and 126? If not then why is fireman Fred in here and why isn't someone screaming about calling Tom Cross and getting some stop lights stops signs and an Emerald Ash borer proof tree to replace all the "lousy" ones their builder planted? Does that flag as inappropriate thing work?
Ed Arter September 16, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Driver was obviously looking for a car wash.
Nicole September 17, 2012 at 01:54 AM
If you're not first, you're last :)
Baba O'Riley September 17, 2012 at 09:41 PM
I came upon the scene just after 6:00 am. At first when I saw the emergency vehicles I feared there was a drowning then I see this van in the pond way off the road. This idiot must have thought the path was a road or something. Whats really scary is that someone could have been walking or jogging at the time. He was getting a field test as I went by. He looked like he was wiped out pretty good. What and idiot.
FiremanFred's Nightmare September 24, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Hey "Fred", property taxes are dropping. Now, the fun part about dealing with ignorant "taxpayers". Tell me how much money the Vehicle Tech has saved the PFD through proper preventive maintenance. And...compare that number to comparable sized departments in the area. I think, no, I know you will find that the increase in his salary is justified and perhaps under what would be a fair wage. Here is another way to calculate it. Sorry Fred, it requires thought, so here goes...stick with me. What is the prevailing wage in the PRIVATE sector for a mechanic's hourly rate? Lets use sixty dollars (lowball). Sixty dollars an hour multiplied by 2080 (hours worked annually) is 124,800. That's unrealistic for a vehicle technician. I would say that 87,000 is a pretty fair and decent wage, considering that I have not even brought to light the dollars saved. Fred, please go away. Your fifteen minutes of internet fame is coming to a rapid conclusion.


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