Police: Man Drives Into Harbor After GPS Gives Him Wrong Directions
WHITTIER, Alaska (CBS Seattle) – A man drives his car into the water after his GPS unit gave him wrong directions.
According to the Anchorage Daily News, the GPS told the man to take a hard right after leaving the ferry, leading him to drive into Whittier’s small-boat harbor.
Authorities say the unidentified man and his dog were able to get out of the vehicle before it sank, but his cat that was locked in a cage drowned.
Dave Schofield, the director of Whittier’s Department of Public Safety, told the Anchorage Daily News that the man’s GPS “misrouted him.”
“[H]e drove down the ramp for launching boats into the water,” Schofield explained to the Daily News. “He was unfamiliar with the area is the only answer I have for you.”
Elizabeth Dernbach, a local café shop manager, called 911 when she saw the car submerge.
“Somebody came in and told me to call 911,” she told the Daily News. “I looked over and there was a car in the water, in the harbor, and it was sinking. I couldn’t see the top of the car at all. It was under water a couple of feet, at least, and as the tide went down, you still couldn’t see the car.”
The National Weather Service reported that no fog was present at the time of the incident, but Dernbach believes that early morning darkness and rain could have affected the driver’s ability.
“I still don’t really know how he drove in there,” she told the paper.
No charges were filed against the driver.