The driver of a Toyota Prius will face traffic charges after he ignored road signs and attempted to cross a flooded ford of the Gawler River this morning, according to SA Police.
Just after 7.30am police and emergency services crews were called a close section of Wingate Road at Buchfelde, after a member of the public reported a car was stranded half way across the flooded ford.
Local SES members attended and were able to wade out into the fast flowing metre deep water, to check the vehicle, only to find the car was empty.
A search of the area then began to locate the driver and owner of the car.
Just after 9.30am, police made contact with the man that had been driving the car. The 33-year-old Angle Vale man was located uninjured in Gawler.
The car was eventually towed from the river – the vehicle had suffered damage to the front end after striking a submerged tree and extensive water damage to the interior of the vehicle.
The driver will be interviewed and likely to face charges including disobeying a road sign and driving without due care.
Police wish to remind all drivers a ‘road closed’ or a ‘road flooded’ sign means that road is unsafe to travel on. Turn around and take an alternative route – floodwater may be deeper and faster flowing than it appears and often contains hidden snags and debris.