DELHI – A Manchester man has been arrested in connection with a Jan. 7 accident where a SUV broke through the ice of Lake Delhi, killing one person inside.

Delaware County sheriff’s deputies said Joshua Caleb Juengel, 36, was driving with Alex Salow, 23, as a passenger on the frozen lake when the vehicle crashed through the ice. Juengel fled from the scene, making his way through a neighborhood and got a ride from a passing motorist.

Authorities weren’t aware of the incident until the following day, on Jan. 8. They found Juengel‘s 2001 GMC Yukon upside down in about 8 feet of water, and Salow’s body inside.

On Friday, Juengel was arrested on warrants for homicide by vehicle, leaving the scene of a fatal accident, making a false report and reckless driving. His bond was set at $50,000.

According to court records, Salow was reported missing on Jan. 8, and authorities determined the two had gone to Smokey’s Bar and Grill on Lake Delhi on the night of Jan. 7. Juengel initially told investigators that Salow had taken his vehicle and drove off upriver. He said he walked to 267th Street and got a ride to Manchester. He told authorities he wasn’t at the accident scene and would never go that far north on the lake.

Investigators found footprints leading from the break in the ice that indicated that someone else had been there and left. Officials said Juengel had walked about half a mile from the scene to a point on 197th Ave, where he found a ride.

Officers searched Juengel‘s home and found a pair of blue Puma shoes hidden in an outside dog house. The shoes smelled like river water and were consistent with the footprints they had found at the scene, authorities said.

Juengel later told investigators that he had been driving on the lake, and the SUV rolled, court records indicate. He said he exited the vehicle while it was filling with water and then climbed out of the lake and left, records state.

Court records show that at the time of the accident, Juengel was awaiting trial of a felony theft charge where he was accused of taking a Dubuque man’s wallet while at a Manchester campground in August and attempted to use one of the credit cards inside. He is also awaiting trial for a misdemeanor theft charge from an August incident where he allegedly swapped sandals at Dollar General in Manchester, leaving his old, broken pair behind on a shelf and allegedly walking out in a new pair without paying, court records state.

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