Man drives car into canal

A 24-year-old Gainesville, Ga., man was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after driving his vehicle into the Augusta Canal late Tuesday.

Edward Puckett was driving a Toyota Tundra south on 10th street when police say he disregarded a stop sign, crossed Walker Street and took a 30-foot plunge into the canal, landing on the vehicle's roof in about five feet of water.

Three other people in the car – Jennifer Burkhalter, 29, of Augusta; Kristin Cave, 27, of Augusta; and Jess Logan, 30, of Augusta, escaped unharmed, said Richmond County sheriff's Cpl. Brandon Reeves.

Cpl. Reeves said Mr. Puckett will be charged with failure to stop for a stop sign, improper movement on a roadway and DUI pending the results of the toxicology test. The driver told police he had been at a bar prior to the accident.

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