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Pictures show how close car came to falling in sea after 50ft cliff plunge

The wreckage of the car that plunged more than 50ft off a cliff edge near Torquay. Credit: Devon Live

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after her car plunged 50ft off a Devon cliff edge.

Emergency services including police, ambulance, Coastguard and the fire service were called to Ilsham Marine Drive in Torquay on Monday (October 14) evening after the car came off the road.

It plunged more than 50ft (15m) down the side of a cliff and the woman had to be pulled from the wreckage.

She was checked over by paramedics and taken to hospital as a precaution, where she was later arrested.

Pictures show just how close the vehicle - a silver Range Rover - came to disaster, with one witness suggesting it was a copse of trees that stopped the 4x4 from plunging any further down the cliff.

A 41-year-old woman from Torquay was initially taken to hospital as a precaution and following this has been arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol. She remains in police custody at this time.

– Devon and Cornwall Police

Pictures taken today (October 15) show that the wreckage of the car remains at the scene.

Traffic cones and barriers have been put in place on the side of the road, which was closed in both directions for several hours as a result.