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Police say worker suspected in dump truck's wave-pool dive

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

A municipal dump truck's underwater adventure at Point Mallard remains under investigation and no arrests have been made, authorities said Tuesday.

Decatur police said they suspected a maintenance worker could have been responsible for the 1-ton vehicle winding up in the 8-foot-deep wave pool at the J. Gilmer Blackburn Aquatic Center, where police officers found it submerged early Sunday.

City Attorney Herman Marks said he wouldn't be able to comment if any action is taken against a city employee.

"As far as personnel matters go, we don't discuss those. Those are personal in nature. But I have confirmed that that matter is still under investigation. We'll leave it at that," Marks said.

Marks said he had yet to receive any information on the amount of damage to city property caused by the incident.

Police said the dump truck appeared to have been driven into the pool between 10:30 p.m. Sunday and 5 a.m. Saturday. Another city vehicle, a pickup truck, had also been moved, police said.

Officers found an empty beer can, an unidentified vial and a pair of blue swim trunks near the pool, police said.

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