A North Carolina woman has been charged with driving under the influence after she steered her car into a local body of water, according to area authorities. The 44-year-old woman was arrested at the scene of the accident, and she is currently being held by officers.
Reports indicate that the woman allegedly drove her 2009 Hyundai sedan into Lake Wylie at about 4 p.m. on July 2, 2012. That's when officers began receiving emergency calls notifying them of the accident. The woman reportedly jumped a curb, struck a wooden post and then plunged into the lake after a period of erratic driving behind a local restaurant, said witnesses.
Eyewitness accounts also say that the woman was driving at about 40 to 50 mph when she hit the curb behind the building. The vehicle reportedly launched about 50 feet in the air before hitting the surface of the lake.
Sheriff's deputies immediately found a boat to use and took it into the lake to rescue the allegedly impaired woman. The woman was lucky that responders arrived so quickly, according to reports, because her foot was stuck in the car.
No one was injured, though it did take sheriff's deputies about two hours to retrieve the car from the bottom of the lake. It is not clear whether the woman was wearing her seatbelt, and officers have not said whether alcohol was found in the vehicle with her. They have also not said what her blood alcohol content was, so it is unclear what proof police even have that the woman was drunk.
Source: Charlotte Observer, "Woman charged with DUI after car rolls into Lake Wylie," staff reports, July 8, 2012