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Driver explains how his car ended up in Mission Bay

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - An odd sight Friday along Mission Bay, as a tow truck pulled a car out of the water.

San Diego police tell CBS News 8 that the man who drove his car into Mission Bay early New Year's morning at 2:00 will not face criminal charges. They believe this is just an accident and the man was lost. The truck was reeled in off Fiesta Island Friday.

“It appears he just drove off the turn without hitting his brakes and went straight into the water," said Lt. Scott Wahl with the San Diego Police Department. “He told us he was able to roll the window down and get out of the car by himself. There was no else in the car."

Despite the driver calling police 12 hours later to report he'd driven in the bay, officers believe the man was lost and this was an accident.

“There is nothing we can do about the time he took to call,” said Lt. Wahl.

As the 4-door Volvo was pulled out, muddied, you could see the water spill, the parking brake on, the keys in the ignition, a cellphone still plugged in, the backseat stuffed with an amp, a skateboard, and in the trunk what looks to be a guitar case.

“As far has him drinking, there is no evidence of that at this time,” continued Lt. Wahl.

That was before the CBS News 8 camera spotted an 18-pack of Tecate beer.

“We can assume a lot of things at this point. We don't have any evidence of any criminal activity,” added Lt. Wahl.

And there is no crime in a delayed call to authorities that you accidentally drove your car into Mission Bay New Year's morning.

“We would certainly appreciate it if they would do the right thing and give us a call when it happens, but unfortunately there are no laws that forces that to happen,” Lt. Wahl said.

Lifeguards had to wait till the tide lowered to safely pull out the car.

Police add that the owner will have to pay for the tow truck driver's cost to pull out the vehicle.

Since lifeguards and police were on duty, the driver will not be charged for their resources.


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