Man faces DUI charges after driving SUV into Pound Ridge pond

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A White Plains man is facing DUI charges after losing control and driving his vehicle into a backyard pond in Pound Ridge.

Tow truck operators hauled away the Ford Excursion that ended up in a pond behind a house on the normally quiet Black Brook Road.

Police say the SUV's driver, 49-year-old James Cobb of White Plains, was out of the vehicle and incoherent when they arrived on the scene shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday.

Lt. Matthew Hawley, of the Bedford Police Department, says it has been determined that Cobb was operating the SUV under the influence of drugs.

Cobb was arrested and taken to the hospital for evaluation.

The homeowner tells News 12 that her driveway alarm went off during the incident.  She says she saw Cobb barreling down the driveway, across her lawn and around her barn before plunging into her pond. In all, it was a more than a 1000-yard drive from the top of the road.

"He turned up a driveway thinking perhaps it was still a part of the dirt road and just kept going when the road ended,” she says.

Sources tell News 12 that Cobb is a contractor and has a history of DUIs.

Cobb has been charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 4 years behind bars.

He is expected to be formally charged as soon as he's released from the hospital.

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