Golfers dive into pond to help driver of overturned car in St. Johns County; Driver charged with DUI

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — Update: The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrest of 21-year-old Gabrielle Barberis, who was charged with Driving Under the influence. No injuries were reported.

Original: Witness report that golfers reportedly sprang into action to rescue an individual from an overturned vehicle in a pond near the Julinton Creek Golf Club on Durbin Creek Blvd. and Cattail Cir.


Eyewitnesses described the scene, detailing the swift response of two golfers who entered the water to remove the trapped driver from the overturned car.

The St. Johns County Fire Rescue confirmed with Action News Jax their response to the incident, stating that one person was evaluated on-site with no need for further medical transport.

In a statement released on X (formerly Twitter), SJCSO reported that a Toyota Corolla was found overturned in a pond on the north side of the road. Nearby golfers reportedly dived into the water to help. After an investigation, the driver was arrested for DUI.

Action News Jax is at the scene and is actively seeking additional details on this developing story and will provide updates as they become available.

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