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A Columbus man escaped injury after accidentally driving onto a retention pond and watching his car sink on thin ice.

The mishap began with a sneeze.

John Rawlins, 42, 2673 Meadowlark Lane, told Columbus police and firefighters he was driving south on Indianapolis Road at Arcadia Drive at 4 p.m. Thursday when a sneeze caused him to jerk the wheel of his car.

He then realized his 2004 Nissan Maxima was off the road, sliding in wet grass and heading onto an iced-over retention pond.

The car did not initially fall through the ice, so Rawlins decided to attempt to drive away from the pond back onto the road, police department spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said.

Rawlins traveled about 200 yards along the bank but got stuck and couldn’t get off the ice, fire department Capt. Mike Wilson said.

Police and firefighters initially were called on a water rescue to the pond, but Rawlins was able to walk to the shore and call a tow truck. The ice was about 6 inches thick on certain parts of the pond, Myers said.

The tow truck workers were able to hook the car but then heard ice cracking, and the car began sinking into the pond.

Since the car was hooked, firefighters in rescue gear broke up the ice to help remove the car from the pond, Wilson said.

There were no injuries.

Indianapolis Road was blocked for a short time when the wrecker removed the car, Myers said.

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