The vehicle was found submerged on it's roof in the Agua Hedionda Lagoon around 12:40 a.m. One of the windows was open but the doors of the truck were locked. Because of low visibility underwater, the officers were not able to see if anyone was inside the cab.
A lifeguard dive team was also called to assist, but the strong current and dark waters made the search difficult, according to Carlsbad police officer Derek Harvey.
“We are looking for a victim, trying to rescue a victim and get that person out of the water and get them to the fire department and paramedics that are responding to the scene. That is our first and foremost priority,” said Harvey.
Police also searched along the hillside above the lagoon but found no trace of the driver.
The owner of the truck told police that he left the keys in his vehicle and it was stolen last night in Oceanside.
It appeared the truck entered the lagoon at Garfield Street and then the current carried the vehicle under a bridge, police said.
A tow truck removed the submerged vehicle around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police continued to search for the driver into the evening.