A vehicle became airborne and landed in the river.
A vehicle became airborne and landed in the river. Jerad Williams

Man drives off ferry into river

UPDATE: A man who allegedly crashed into Burns Point Ferry and then landed his vehicle in the river has been charged. 

Alstonville police will allege that at midnight on April 13th a 25-year-old Ballina man was driving along Burns Point Road West Ballina when he hit the ferry at such a high speed that his vehicle became airbourne and landed in the river.

"The ferry master threw him a flotation device," Richmond Police District posted on their Facebook page.

"His car was last seen gently floating with the upstream with the incoming tide before sinking. 

"He was taken to hospital for a blood and urine test."

The driver has been issued a Field Court Attendance Notice for negligent driving and high range PCA.

His license has been suspended and he will appear at Ballina Court in July.

ORIGINAL: JUST after midnight, a Ford Fiesta was travelling south on Burns Point Road, West Ballina, when at the southern end of the road it continued straight onto the vehicle ferry which was waiting on the northern side of the river.

The vehicle became airborne and landed in the river.

The 23-year-old male driver was able to get out of the vehicle.

He was taken to Ballina Hospital for blood tests. Police will await the results before action is taken.

NSW Police said alcohol is believed to be a factor.