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DUI Suspect Plunges Into Carlsbad Lagoon, Tries to Flee

After plunging into the Agua Hedionda Lagoon, DUI suspect Danielle Rogel, 20, was seen escaping her wrecked car before it sank

A young woman suspected of driving under the influence plunged 30 feet into a lagoon in Carlsbad, before getting out and escaping the water-logged wreckage.

According to the Carlsbad Police Department (CPD), the woman suspected of driving under the influence, Danielle Rogel, 20, was driving along the 4100 block of Carlsbad Boulevard at around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

That's when she lost control of her car and crashed into the Agua Hedionda Lagoon on the east side of the roadway.

Witnesses told police Rogel escaped from the wreckage before her car was completely submerged. She walked away headed north on Carlsbad Boulevard towards Tamarack Avenue.

When emergency crews arrived, they discovered the car inside the lagoon, but no driver.

About 40 minutes later, police received reports of a suspicious woman – Rogel – walking in on Sequoia Avenue, about two blocks north of the lagoon.

When officers approached Rogel, she admitted to being the driver of the car that crashed into the water. She was arrested on suspicion of DUI and for fleeing the scene of the accident.

There was no one else inside the car with Rogel at the time of the crash, and no one was harmed, the CPD said.

Several agencies worked together throughout the morning to safely remove the wreck from the lagoon including the CPD, the Carlsbad Fire Department, the Oceanside Police Department, Encinitas Lifeguards, Solana Beach Lifeguards and S&R Towing.

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