- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 7, 2016

BOURNE, Mass. (AP) - Police have charged a Massachusetts man they say intentionally drove his car off a pedestrian ramp into the Cape Cod Canal.

The man, believed to be in his 50s, was charged Tuesday with operating to endanger, malicious destruction of property greater than $250 and speed greater than reasonable. His name was not released.

Police say the man’s car flew off the old Bourne Bridge abutment at high speed Tuesday morning before plunging 40 feet into the water.

The man swam to shore by the time first responders arrived. He was treated for minor injuries at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

Two people on the bridge told officers they had a brief encounter with the motorist before he drove into the canal.

An investigation is ongoing.

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