Man drives off ramp, plunges 40 feet into Cape Cod Canal

An investigation is ongoing

BOURNE, Mass. (AP) — Police have charged an unidentified Massachusetts man who they say intentionally drove his car off a pedestrian ramp into the Cape Cod Canal.

The man, believed to be in his 50s, was charged Tuesday with operating to endanger, malicious destruction of property greater than $250 and speed greater than reasonable.

Police say the man’s Ford Focus flew off the old Bourne Bridge abutment at a high rate of speed Tuesday morning before plunging 40 feet into the canal.

The man was able to swim safely back to shore by the time first responders arrived. He was treated for minor injuries at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

Two people on the bridge told officers they had a brief encounter with the motorist immediately preceding the incident.

An investigation is ongoing.

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