You've never parked this badly

00:40, Mar 31 2014
Hoddy Estuary Park
UNDER WATER: The car in the sea along Atawhai Drive.

Some things put a dampener on your day.

Like parking your car in the wrong place - the sea.

A 23-year-old Nelson man got to experience that sinking feeling when he drove off Queen Elizabeth II Drive near Atawhai on Saturday night.

A member of the public saw headlights disappearing into the tide in the Nelson Haven just before 8pm.

When police arrived the driver was out of the car. He will get to make another trip, to court on April 14 when he will face drink driving and careless driving charges.

The car became completely submerged and was towed out at low tide.

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