Wareham woman charged with OUI after car found in water

Jun 25, 2018
Courtesy of: Wareham Department of Natural Resources An unoccupied car was found in the water off Little Harbor Beach early Friday morning.

A 23-year-old woman who police said drove her car into the ocean has been charged with operating under the influence of alcohol.

Police said Lauren Heyward of Wareham went home after leaving her car in the water off Little Harbor Beach on Friday, June 22. The car was unoccupied and approximately 50 feet off shore when officers arrived. Officer Christopher Corner walked out to the vehicle to make sure it was unoccupied.

The car was removed from the beach and no signs of hazardous materials were present.

Wareham Police, Wareham Fire and the Wareham Department of Natural Resources all responded to the scene.

The car was safely removed from Little Harbor Beach. No hazardous materials were found. (Courtesy of: Wareham Department of Natural Resources )
Comments (19)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jun 23, 2018 09:06

Strange...could have been the classic brake pedal gas pedal mix up...happens to the best of us.

Posted by: David Ricci | Jun 23, 2018 16:12

No it doesn't. It's strange to drive a car into the water, that's strange.

Posted by: greycat | Jun 23, 2018 17:41

At low tide with a full or new moon, there is little or no water on the Little Harbor Beach.  Drive right out, tide comes in, just like magic! Car in the water!

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Jun 23, 2018 19:32

David Ricci ,  Sure it does if your last name is Kennedy ….. LoL

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jun 24, 2018 09:36

I wonder if that's the story?  Did they just figure it would be a good idea to drive around down there at low tide?  Obviously not a good idea!  There's certainly some variables with serious consequences.

Posted by: cranky pants | Jun 24, 2018 10:22

The stupidity that ensures solidifies insurance premiums...

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jun 24, 2018 10:59

Yes it does!  Next someone will hose it out, change the oil, replace the battery and sell it to an unsuspecting buyer!  That's a huge problem after hurricanes down south.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Jun 24, 2018 14:40

WBTS, you are correct , a buddie of mine from Southie bought one unsuspecting. The thing rotted out completely. Although he fought it and won

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Jun 24, 2018 20:54

You sure nobody from the Kennedy Clan was around ? Shot a few at the Country Club then a few Gin and Tonics and then into the Drink...….

Posted by: Steve Holmes | Jun 25, 2018 11:02

Happened to me a few years ago, over by the Island where the Chart Room is, family fun day with mom, and kids, and dogs on the boat. Having fun, took a nap and the tide went out. Spent the night, the Coast Guard came and took Sean, mom and Dolores off the boat. Got it floated out eh next day. Will be interesting to see if it was a visitor that does not understand tides. BTW I never made that mistake again

Posted by: kevinc687 | Jun 25, 2018 13:35

She is from WAREHAM and probably just stumbled home from there . She is no visitor Steve

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Jun 25, 2018 14:29

So glad they caught this thug

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jun 25, 2018 14:42

Mr. Holmes-give yourself more credit.  Although an oversight, you were in a boat and I assume you rested on sand causing no major damage (aside from your family bustin on you).  This young lady is a whole different story!

Posted by: bruce gannon | Jun 25, 2018 16:18

many years ago I was at Swifts Beach when a gentleman driving a compact pick up launched his small boat at the ramp .. he returned while the tide was still out, drove is small truck out onto the wet sand to retrieve his boat .. trunk got stuck, tide was coming in …. went out told the gentleman to unhook the truck from the boat trailer and get it out of the way of the incoming tide and let the tide float the boat and trailer closer to shore  ..  things happen even to those that know what they are doing


Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jun 26, 2018 00:15

Yes Bruce...The Swift’s Ramp is certainly rather peculiar.  I’ve seen all kinds of situations there (and been involved with at least one or two myself).  It’s good for a jet ski or a boat no more than 16 feet, only at high tide, only when the ramp is not full of sand, and only when the prevailing SW wind isn’t driving waves over it.  Funny, I opened my door during a launch one time and a rogue wave came crashing in.  Car never smelled right after that.


The kicker used to be the threatening sign about a fine for driving on the sand.  It was there 10 or more years ago.  I think it was $200.  What a joke. How did they justify such a crooked thing?  Offer a sucky ramp that requires driving on the sand and then fine for it.  I actually tried to obey it but it was impossible.  When it’s high tide, there’s roughly 12 hours until the next high and roughly 6 hours until low.  Just like the guy in the compact pickup, the average user comes back in a few hours...or at low after launching at high.  One must drive on the sand.

Posted by: Steve Holmes | Jun 26, 2018 08:46

WBTS Yes and I still hear about it from time to time LOL. So she was a local. Probably has a sand driveway and thought she was home. Hope there were no fish injured. I'm sure Gary has charges coming . Attempted assault and battery with a motor vehicle of a catfish. Haha I'm sure you guys can come up with some others.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jun 26, 2018 12:18

Yes, a local...but not a typical.  Yesterday you could still right click her name in the article and her Facebook page came right up.  It's been taken down since (for obvious reasons).  Looks like a college kid...just had a rough night, making memories that will last a lifetime!  30 years from now her friends will still be like "remember that time you drove in the ocean..."



Posted by: kevinc687 | Jun 26, 2018 14:58

I have to wonder. Is it her car, or her parents she just totaled. Will the insurance say no way, this is all yours

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jun 26, 2018 16:19

What I'd really like, dad, is to borrow the car keys

See you later, can I have them please?


And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon

Little boy blue and the man in the moon

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