Lottery winner's Bentley submerged in floods
A lottery winner's luck ran out when he wrote off his £100,000 black Bentley Continental after he tried to drive through a flooded road.
The 65-yar-old Lottery winner from Herefordshire splashed out on the brand new motor three years ago after he scooped the £5million lottery jackpot in 2008.
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But he was forced to ditch his "pride and joy" when he drove through flood water in Tewkesbury, Glos., shortly after 8am yesterday.
The wealthy management consultant and landowner was driving along a country lane on the outskirts of the town when his car was swamped by 3ft of water after a stream burst its banks.
The grandfather-of-one rang the AA and a rescue truck arrived but was unable to tow the car to dry land because Bentley's can only be towed from the front.
Rising flood water meant the AA truck was unable to reach the car - forcing him to leave the jet black car to the mercy of the floods.
Bernard Robinson, who has been friends with the Lottery winner for 30 years, said: "He was on his way to see me for a business meeting when he got stuck.
"He rang me and said 'I can't see you today because I've wrecked my car in the bloody floods'.
"He's driven down that road, even when it was flooded, hundreds of times before. He obviously misjudged how deep it was and when he pressed the accelerator the wheels just span and the car started to float off.
"Apparently water was gushing through the bottom of the car but he managed to open the door and wade to safety.
"He is gutted, he loved that car. It was his pride and joy and writing off a £100,000 car is not going to put you in the best of moods."
The winner, from Hereford, won the jackpot but refused to go public with his winnings.
Pal Bernard added: "Even though he's a lottery winner he's still working. He's got three ex-wives and four children, so he's got responsibilities.
"I've known him 30 years but he's not the friendliest of people - even after his big win.
"The winner also has a 1940 Land Rover with a snorkel which he probably thought he was driving when he went through the floods."