‘Sleepwalking’ HPU student crashes SUV into Oak Hollow Lake

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Police say a High Point University student who was possibly sleepwalking crashed an SUV into the Oak Hollow Lake Marina early Tuesday morning.

According to police, the 21-year-old man crashed a black Ford Excursion through a gate off North Centennial Street before driving into the water around 4:30 a.m.

The man was able to get out of the SUV and was knocking on doors asking for help when neighbors called 911, police said.

The driver told police the last thing he remembers is going to sleep in his bed and waking up in the water.

“The driver basically stated that he was asleep in his residence and he then awoke and became aware of his surroundings when his car actually entered the water itself,” said Lt. Walter Heaviland of the High Point Police Department.

Police say the driver was not seriously hurt, but he was taken to High Point Regional Hospital to be checked out.

It took crews a few hours to pull the SUV from the water. No one else was inside the SUV.

Alcohol is not a suspected factor in the crash, police said.

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