Newport News man spent 8 hours trapped in overturned car

JAMES CITY – James City police have said they believe alcohol was a factor in an early morning crash that left a man in his vehicle upside down and partially submerged in a creek bed for hours.

According to Deputy Chief Stephen Rubino with the James City County Police Department, at 8:48 a.m. Friday morning James City police and fire units were dispatched to the 3900 block of Monticello Avenue near the Powhatan Creek bridge in reference to a vehicle that was on its roof in the creek.

Rubino said a VDOT worker was in the area and noticed some debris on the side of the road. The driver then observed a vehicle upside down in the creek.

Responding officers were able to force open a door to free the driver, a 21-year-old Newport News man.

The driver indicated he was driving east on Monticello Avenue some time around 1 a.m. when he ran off the right side of the road, according to Rubino. The vehicle, a Saab convertible, rolled and ended up resting on its roof partially submerged in the mud and water, trapping the driver inside.

The driver was transported to Riverside Doctors' Hospital Williamsburg by ambulance with non life-threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation. Rubino said charges are pending against the driver.

McMillan can be reached by phone at 757-298-4136.


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