Stolen Car Found Submerged In Canal

Rescue crews pulled a vehicle out of a canal this morning and found no one inside.

It happened on Spring Creek Road, that's outside of Aurora in Beaufort County.

Authorities say the car was stolen last night from Vanceboro and they believe the accident happened sometime overnight. A passing driver spotted the skid marks and noticed the car in the canal this morning and called 911.

Both rear doors of the light blue Honda Accord were open, and the keys out of the ignition when the vehicle was pulled from the canal around 10:25 a.m.

Authorities believe whoever was driving the car was able to get out of it and run away. Just to be sure, the Sidney Dive Team checked the canal but found nothing.

Troopers estimate the car was going around 80 miles per hour when it ran off the right side of the road, the driver over-corrected and then crossed both lanes and landed in the canal.


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Rescue crews are at the scene of a car submerged into a canal in eastern Beaufort County.

The Highway Patrol says the single vehicle crash on Spring Creek Road outside of Aurora was reported around 9:10 a.m.

The Sidney Dive Teams has been called to the scene and around 10:25 crews pulled a light blue Honda Accord from the canal.

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  • by The ECHO Location: Kinston on Feb 4, 2011 at 12:06 PM
    I agree with Pete and Phone Jack, either too much money was owed on it, or it was a DWI. Nobody that steals a car usually thinks to remove the keys. The keys would be removed to get back in the house, maybe?
  • by Phone Jack Location: G-Vegas on Feb 4, 2011 at 10:22 AM
    Well another DWI driver gets away,lucky no one was killed,But if ya gonna Drink DO NOT DRIVE !!!!
  • by Strange Location: ENC on Feb 4, 2011 at 09:55 AM
    I find it strange that it was reported that the keys were taken out of the ignition switch. That suggest that the keys were in the car when it was stolen. Now what crook stops to take the keys out of the car when it is sinking in water. Strange
  • by Just Wondering II Location: Greenville on Feb 4, 2011 at 04:05 AM
    Was the driver trying to imitate what the BC Sheriff deputy was doing when he wrecked his patrol car? I mean, wasn't he going nowhere running about 80?
  • by Anonymous Location: BC on Feb 3, 2011 at 07:39 PM
    There are some really bad curves on this road. Either these people had never been through there before or they thought they could handle them going that fast; either way they sure didn't make it where they were going with their stolen property!
  • by pete Location: grifton on Feb 3, 2011 at 06:31 PM
    Wonder if more was owed on it than it was worth.
  • by Truth Location: Reality on Feb 3, 2011 at 04:13 PM
    Hmm... just out of curiosity... wonder WHEN the car was reported stolen... vs. when the wreck happened...
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Feb 3, 2011 at 12:34 PM
    I can see the website now: "Stolen a car? Need to ditch it fast? Can you all swim? Just run off the road into a canal and float away in our all-temperature wet-suit! Financing available!"
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