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Driver rescued after vehicle lands in Lake Lanier

FLOWERY BRANCH — A Braselton man was hospitalized Monday after he reportedly drove a van into Lake Lanier, according to authorities.

Johnnie Jackson, 56, was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville after a 2001 Dodge Caravan traveled down an embankment off McEver Road and into the lake in southwestern Hall County.

Jackson was driving north on McEver near Pine Circle when he left his lane, according to Georgia State Patrol.

“The vehicle broke [through] the guardrail as it then traveled down an embankment entering [the lake],” according to Georgia State Patrol.

Hall County Fire Services Capt. Zachary Brackett said Station 8 handled the rescue.

“They went out, and there was a citizen that had a boat. So they got their personal flotation devices off the truck and went out,” Brackett said.

According to Brackett, Jackson’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

The state patrol has charged Jackson with failure to maintain lane, driving with a suspended license and failure to provide proof of insurance.