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A Salinas television station heard an unusual call on the police radio Thursday morning. Someone driving a Cadillac Escalade had somehow driven into the ocean at Pebble Beach.
The station's news department sent photographer George Cilley to check out the call.
Cilley found an SUV stranded in the surf at the base of Cypress Point Golf Course.
The unidentified driver, in his 30s, was able to wade back to shore.
Witnesses said he was traveling at a high rate of speed when he careened off 17 Mile Drive, crashed on to the beach and then continued "zooming into the ocean."
It was not clear if the man suffered a medical or mechanical problem or if he was driving impaired.
Tow trucks were able to get the Escalade out of the water within an hour.