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Motorist charged with careless driving after following Sat Nav to cliff edge.

Just how does a sober person do this? Doh.  Doesn’t say he was tipsy so we have to assume .... stupid?
Like the road becomes a narrow track and no lights come on or bells ring?

Just HAD to share this.

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A motorist is facing a careless driving charge after blindly following his Sat Nav system to the edge of a 100 foot precipice.

By Nigel Bunyan
Last Updated: 5:22PM GMT 24 Mar 2009

Robert Jones, 43, can also expect to receive a hefty recovery bill after having to be rescued from his spectacular detour high above the West Yorkshire town of Todmorden.

The motorist was en route to visiting friends in broad daylight when the road ahead of him petered out into a footpath on the edge of a cliff.

His BMW 5 Series eventually came to rest against a fence with stunning views across the Pennines.

Mr Jones, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, tried in vain to reverse the car back to safety. He then rang first the AA, whose staff refused to turn out to help him, and then the police.

It took nine hours to recover the vehicle, by which time its owner had been charged with driving without due care and attention.

A bemused Mr Jones is still blaming his Sat Nav for his Sunday morning disaster.

“It kept insisting the path was a road, even as it was getting narrower and steeper.

“I just trusted it. You don’t expect to be taken nearly off a cliff.”

Mr Jones went on: “I rely on my Sat Nav. I couldn’t do without it for my job, and this is the first time anything like this has ever happened.

“I guess I’m just lucky the car didn’t slip all the way over the edge but it’s been a bit of a nightmare.”

Crowds of onlookers gathered on Bacup Road, Gauxholme, to watch as heavy machinery was brought in to recover the car.

One said: “It’s like something from The Italian Job, but what a waste of police time.

“It’s all very well and good trusting your Sat Nav, but how about trusting your eyes?”

West Yorkshire Police confirmed that officers had found the BMW “hanging off the edge of a cliff.”

A spokesman added: “Nobody was hurt, but when someone nearly drives off a cliff it shows a lack of care which needs to be investigated.”

Meanwhile, Mr Jones is awaiting the letter confirming a likely court appearance next month.

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