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Vehicle Spared from HdG Yacht Basin Fall

A man accidentally drove off the edge at the Havre de Grace waterfront Saturday.

Vehicle at the Havre de Grace City Yacht Basin on Jan. 11, 2014. (Credit: Harford Fire Blog)
Vehicle at the Havre de Grace City Yacht Basin on Jan. 11, 2014. (Credit: Harford Fire Blog)
A vehicle nearly took a dip into the Havre de Grace City Yacht Basin Saturday afternoon.

The Susquehanna Hose Company was called around 2 p.m. for a vehicle that was reportedly in the water off Commerce Street.

Instead of bearing right after entering the yacht basin parking lot, a man in his 70s drove toward the water and accidentally accelerated once he got there, Havre de Grace police told The Dagger.

The vehicle had gone over the parking block and partly over the bulkhead, according to Susquehanna Hose Company Chief Scott Hurst.

A city maintenance barge caught the vehicle, which saved the life of the man, police told The Dagger.

Firefighters secured the vehicle, Hurst told Patch.

There were no injuries as a result of the incident, according to Hurst.

Police said the driver was not impaired and would not be charged, The Dagger reported. There was little damage to the barge, police told The Aegis.

A flood watch was in effect for most of Maryland, including Harford County, on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service, which reported drivers should be extra careful on roads due to fog. A small craft advisory was also in effect.
John January 16, 2014 at 05:23 AM
Uh, no.:) Just someone who knows zero tolerance is not effective policing, and that most police departments wouldnt even issue a police report in the absence of personal injury, much less cite someone for a violation. Glad no one was injured as I said before.
Tag-Along January 16, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Running in to your garage door or your kid's bike would be done on PRIVATE property, you still hold fault, even if it was an "accident". But because this happened on public property it is grounds for a citation.
John January 16, 2014 at 01:12 PM
Well ,apparently the officers involved and I agree......:)
Linda Hoffecker January 16, 2014 at 01:19 PM
I feel like an 8 yr old trying to prove a point. Last post on this topic for me. Time to get to some more urgent things like cleaning the house. :)
John January 16, 2014 at 02:10 PM
:) I got your point. I don't agree with it and believe you have an axe to grind with our local police because you received a written warning, not a ticket, for parking your vehicle in the middle of the park. I'm merely defending the discretion exercised by the officer. I won't get into the debate over whether aged drivers or frequently cited drivers should be subjected to frequent proficiency testing to maintain their drivers licenses. The AARP would be all over it.

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