Man charged after pond crash drama

TRIMLEY: Rescuers were called to search a pond next to the A14 after a car crashed through a fence and ended up in the water.

The drama happened at a soakaway pond close to the junction of the Trimley-Levington link road and the old A45, where Operation Stack takes place.

Last night police said a man had been charged with driving with excess alcohol following the incident.

He is expected to appear before South-east Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Ipswich this week.

Emergency services were called after a silver Jaguar went through a six-feet high wire mesh fence into the reed-fringed pond at 6.30am on Saturday.

Police and fire crews from Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Felixstowe were called to the scene.

A water rescue team was also involved in the drama – called in to search the soakaway pond as the driver could not be found initially and they needed to check for passengers.

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Prodders and a thermal imaging camera was also used to help establish if anyone was in the water.

The Jaguar ended in an upright position in the water.

The car was later taken out of the pond, which is hidden from the A14 by a lengthy close-boarded wooden fence.

Fire crews left the scene just after 7.30am.

The driver, who comes from Ipswich, is believed to have been on his way home from work at the time of the crash.