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Driver, said to be texting, ends up in a pond

The car ended up Tuesday afternoon in perhaps five feet of water. Water came up to the side windows, and appeared to cover the lower half of the windshield. How the car came to be there, in a pond in Charles County, may be instructive.

The woman in the car “reportedly told officers she had been texting and driving,” the county sheriff’s office said in a statement.

According to the statement, a 25-year old woman from Temple Hills was driving north on St. Charles Parkway in Waldorf about 12:30 p.m., when the vehicle left the road and struck a tree. The impact knocked the car into nearby Wakefield Lake, the sheriff’s office said.

The lake, a triangular body of water about 400 feet on a side, is about 20 yards from the road.

The driver, with what appeared to be considerable presence of mind, crawled out of the car through the window on the driver’s side. The sheriff’s office said she was taken to a medical facility, although she showed no visible sign of injury.

The statement said the matter was under investigation.

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