Driver found alive nearby after crash into pond that prompted dive team search

Crash in pond near Bestbet off I-95 sparked search for driver, who was later found ‘near the site of the crash’

An SUV was found in a pond in St. Johns County prompting a dive team search for the driver who was later found alive nearby. (WJXT)

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Hours after a crash in a pond sparked a dive team search Thanksgiving morning on Marketplace Drive near the BestBet off I-95, the driver of the SUV was found alive nearby, St. Johns County deputies confirmed.

A spokesperson with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office did not say where exactly deputies found and met up with the driver but said it was a location near the site of the crash. He had suffered minor injuries.

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Deputies said the crash happened around 3:30 a.m.

Initially, the dive team was called out when the driver of the SUV in the pond couldn’t be found. A command center was established so the dive team could do its work.

But a spokesperson later said deputies were able to locate and meet with the driver of the SUV, who was not in the pond.

“Charges are forthcoming pending further investigation,” the spokesperson said.

The SUV was pulled from the pond by a tow truck.

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