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UPDATE: Police: Man admits driving his Camaro into lake

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Curtis Breitbach, 28, of Gilbertville Curtis Breitbach, 28, of Gilbertville

Police say a man who reported his car stolen actually drove it into the lake himself.

Curtis James Breitbach, 28, of Gilbertville was arrested by the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Department on Monday and charged with filing a false report.

He was also charged by Cedar Falls Police with reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to maintain control and no insurance.

Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson said Breitbach told police his 2013 Camaro was stolen. He then admitted to driving the car into the lake himself.

According to police reports, Breitbach had been driving "at an excessive speed," lost control and drove into metal and wood fences as well as a shelter house before ending up in Big Woods Lake.

The Camaro was recovered from the lake and taken to the sheriff's impound.

Breitbach was taken to the Black Hawk County Jail.



The investigation of the car that crashed into Big Woods Lake has been handed over to the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Department as part of a case of a stolen vehicle.

The department is conducting a full forensic investigation of the  2013 maroon Camaro on Monday.

Investigators believe that the driver was in the car at the time it went into the water, but was able to get out. They are also looking into the possibility that the car was tampered with and went into the lake without a driver.

The sheriff's department is not releasing any information about the investigation into the theft of the car, which happened in Gilbertville Saturday night. 

The scene has been released by the Cedar Falls Police and the city can begin repairs when they are ready.

No idea yet, how much it will cost to fix the damage.

Cedar Falls Police Chief Jeff Olson says possible charges for the driver, once identified, could include park damages and leaving the scene. 



Cedar Falls authorities have been at Big Woods Lake since early Sunday morning.

 Police say a car drove into the lake some time last night. The incident happened at the south parking lot of the lake.

KWWL was on scene today and learned police were having a difficult time figuring out the details of the incident.

Broken fence, pieces of a car, and broken beams of the pavilion were the signs that alerted authorities early Sunday morning.

"When the officers arrived it was very clear to them that a car had driven through the park and into the water," said Cedar Falls Police Chief Jeff Olson.

Diving teams were in the water all day and found a sports car 20 feet down.

When the car was finally pulled out, it was empty and there was no sign of a victim found.

What police do know is this:

"Well, it's pretty obvious it was going really fast. This vehicle had to be moving quite quickly," said Olson. "You can see it when through several posts, went through the shelter, and then into the water."

Out of the water, police have confirmed the car was involved in a crime Saturday night.

"We did have a vehicle stolen last night, It was a Chevy Camaro," said Olson.

However the specific details of the will not be confirmed until police are able to conduct a full forensic investigation on the car.

Authorities on scene today included Cedar Falls Police, Fire and Rescue, Black Hawk County Sheriffs Department, and Iowa DNR.

Olivia Mancino, Michelle Corless, Ally Crutcher and Amie Steffeneicher contributed to this report.

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