Winston-Salem police said no one was hurt but that a driver could be charged after his car was found in the swimming pool at an apartment complex on Bethania Station Road near Shattalon Drive.

Police said several residents of Tranquil Court apartments told them that they heard an unusual noise outside around 3 or 4 a.m., which is about when police believe the car went into the pool. The small apartment complex is at 4240 Bethania Station Road. 

Residents of the apartment complex emerged from their dwellings this morning to find that a car had broken through the fence surrounding the pool and was mostly submerged in the pool. Someone called police about 7 a.m.

Authorities checked the car and found it empty, then arranged for a wrecker to pull the water-filled auto from the pool. A little later they got into contact with the owner of the car, who told police he had been alone in the car.

WGHP/Fox 8, the Journal's online news-gathering partner, identified the owner of the car as James Bradley Poe, who reportedly told police that he was not in the car when it went into the pool and that he thought the vehicle was in park.

Lt. Steven Tollie called the actions getting the car out of the pool was a "manpower-intensive effort" involving the Winston-Salem Fire Department. An apartment resident said police also used dogs to track a trail of wet, cast-off clothing that was strewn across the parking lot of the apartment complex.

The investigation was continuing.

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