Drink-driving investigation launched after car river plunge

The car pulled from the River Ouse on Thursday. Photograph: Darren Woodall
25 Sep 2020 @ 3.11 pm
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Police are investigating the driver of the car which went into the River Ouse in York in relation to suspected drink-driving and dangerous driving offences.

More details about the incident have been released by the force this afternoon (Friday).

The vehicle entered the river near Skeldergate Bridge at around 4.30pm on Wednesday (23 September).

Police have now revealed that the driver of the white Seat Leon saloon, a 45-year-old local woman, was bravely brought to safety by members of the public.

She then received medical care at hospital.

Initial reports unclear

Emergency services at the scene. Photograph: David Dunning

A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “It was initially unclear if there were other occupants in the car when it entered the river, so emergency services carried out an intensive search operation.

“This was supported by police officers from Regional Underwater Search Team, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and the York Rescue Boat.

“Paramedics were on standby throughout.

“Thankfully, it has been confirmed there was nobody else in the car.”

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police.

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