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Police: Exeter woman's car rolls into pond during meditation

Union Leader Correspondent

May 26. 2015 9:33PM
Rescue personnel attempt to hook a cable to a car that became submerged in water at the Stratham Traffic Circle Tuesday night. (JASON SCHREIBER/Union Leader Correspondent)

STRATHAM – Police said an Exeter woman scrambled to escape through a sunroof after her car rolled into a fire pond at the Stratham Traffic Circle Tuesday night while she was attempting to meditate.

Laura Rodger, 44, was shaken but was unharmed in the incident, which happened just before 7:30 p.m.

Stratham police Cpl. John Emerson said Rodger pulled her 2003 Hyundai Elantra up near the edge of the pond to meditate.

“She was in the driver's seat and reclined the seat back and went into a meditative state, but the (emergency) brake didn't work,” he said.

Rodger quickly realized what was happening and managed to climb out of the sunroof before the car became submerged in water.

Emerson said Rodger escaped when the car was about five feet out into the pond, but the car continued to roll until it came to a stop about 80 feet out into the pond.

Stratham police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the scene.

Divers swam out to hook cables to the car in an attempt to pull it out of the water tow truck from Al's Automotive and Truck of Exeter. However, the first attempt failed when the cable came unhooked just after 9 p.m. Crews remained on the scene at 9:30 p.m. and planned to send divers back into the water in a boat to hook cables to the car for a second time.

The car was removed from the water just before 10 p.m.

Emerson said the area is off limits to parking as it's used for emergency personnel only.

Fire officials said this isn't the first time a car has parked at the pond and rolled in.

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