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Missing truck driver who drove into river located, arrested

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As dive teams resumed the search this morning for the driver of a pickup that rolled into a Columbia slough on Friday, his brother walked up to say his sibling was OK.

The search that began shortly after noon on Friday involved several deputies, rescue boats and dive team personnel from Clark County and Cowlitz County.

Responders went to the location where the truck reportedly went into the water, near the intersection of Dike Road and Dike Access Road in Woodland.

Eventually, they found the truck completely submerged in the water. However its driver was nowhere to be found.

Divers spent hours searching the water for the driver, who has since been identified as German Sabian-Pacheco, age 29, of Astoria.  

When the search ended without success Friday, plans were made to go back out Saturday morning.

According to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office, just as the new search was getting underway, a man who said he was the brother of the driver approached deputies. 

The man told deputies that his brother, German, was the driver of the pickup. After driving into the river, German swam to the shore, and then had gone to his sister's home, which was about two or three miles away.

Deputies contacted the German there, and confirmed that he was the driver of the truck, that he had escaped uninjured, and was alone in the pickup at the time of the accident.

Sabian-Pacheco was arrested on charges for outstanding misdemeanor warrants for DUI and driving with a suspended license, as well as hit-and-run.

He was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail.

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