A Leavenworth man became suspended upside down in his seat belt after his car overturned in a creek early Saturday morning, a police spokesman said.
The man was taken to the hospital after he was freed from the vehicle.
“I don’t believe his injuries are life-threatening,” said Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.
The accident was reported at 2:26 a.m. Saturday at Second Avenue and Limit Street.
A 21-year-old man had been driving west on Limit Street in a 2004 Mercedes S320 hardtop convertible. Nicodemus said the car was traveling at a high rate of speed.
“His vehicle left the roadway,” Nicodemus said.
The car struck a speed limit sign, a utility pole and a tree.
“The vehicle vaulted over the creek and then came to rest upside down in the creek bed,” Nicodemus said.
The deputy chief said the roof of the car was submerged in water. The top of the driver’s head was in water as he hung upside down in the vehicle. The water did not reach the man’s nose.
A responding police officer cut the seat belt and removed the driver from the vehicle. The driver initially was unconscious.
“At some point, he did have a limited conversation with first responders,” Nicodemus said.
The driver was transported by Leavenworth County EMS to the University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kan. The man suffered lacerations, contusions and a possible head injury, according to Nicodemus.
The deputy chief said police are investigating whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.
He said no decision about traffic citations will be made until the investigation is completed.