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CAR POOL: FHP, local law enforcement responds to odd accident in Miramar Beach

By JENNIE MCKEON
Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 15:42 PM.

It's not something you see every day.

At 9:30 p.m. June 23, Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) received a call from Cross Creek Condominium in Miramar Beach.

The problem? A car had landed in the pool.

David Howard Russell was backing out in his 2006 Mercedes Benz when he accidentally pressed the accelerator instead of the brakes. The car broke through a wooden fence and became submerged in the pool, said Lt. Steve Preston, a public affairs officer for FHP.

Fortunately, the driver was wearing a seat belt and escaped from the car with his dog with only minor injuries. The car on the other hand, has approximately $15,000 worth of damage. Property damage to the wooden fence and pool amounts to $6,500. Russell was issued a traffic citation. On June 25, the Benz was lifted out of the pool using the force of two tow trucks.

Preston said the FHP occasionally receives calls on odd types of crashes, but this particular incident is a first in his recent knowledge.

Arriving on the scene Sunday night were the Walton County Sheriff's Office and the South Walton Fire Department. The call was a first for both departments.

"We've had cars in lakes, rivers, the Gulf, ponds, but not a pool," said Fire Marshal, Sammy Sanchez. "In my 15 plus years here I don't recall such a thing occurring."

 

 


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