Man reels Hummer limo out of Lake Texoma

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

LAKE TEXOMA -- One local man planned to spend the day at Lake Texoma with his family, hoping he might get a big catch. He never expected what he found fishing at Juniper West.

Boating on Lake Texoma seemed like just another day for Bob Faulkner until he reeled in what he calls the biggest catch of his life. He never expected that his big catch would turn out to be a stretch Hummer limousine.

Witnesses were just as shocked as Faulkner to see the vehicle.

"We was out fishing and we started to come up and we seen guys trying to hook onto something and found out that there ended up being a Humvee in the water and we didn't know what it was for a long time- we thought someone's boat sunk," says Shane Sawyers, a fisherman who witnessed the events unfold.

Faulkner says he was backing his boat up at the end of the day, when suddenly his 27.5 ft. watercraft stopped suddenly.

"The guy in the boat that was doing the hooking ended up- he was trying to pull it up with his anchor because he backed his boat into it and there was a bunch of people that put their boats in this morning. We did too.

And we never did hit it... And it's just a wonder that we didn't hit it," Sawyers says.

Pottsboro Police say they immediately recognized the vehicle.

"It was stolen from a residence in our city and we're still, as I said, we're still interviewing people, trying to gather the suspects and who we think it might be and put it all together," says Brett Arterburn, Pottsboro police chief.

Faulkner knew he hit something large and had to get it out of the water. When he attached his anchor and tried to remove the object, he pulled in a large piece of vinyl.

He contacted the Grayson County Sheriff's Office, and when deputies arrived, with Faulkner's help, after four tries, they reeled the vehicle in.

Faulkner says he couldn't believe his eyes as the roof just kept coming out of the water. He says finding any vehicle in the lake was a shock, but realizing he "caught" a stretch limousine is one catch he says he'll never forget.

The case is still under investigation and police say they do not know why someone stole the vehicle and then dumped it. They are investigating if anything was taken from the vehicle.


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