Police in Southend have issued a stern warning about driving and playing Pokémon Go at the same time after a hapless Southend motorist drove his Lexus into the sea. 

Shortly after 7am this morning, cops were called to Southend Seafront after multiple members of the public raised the alarm. 

Witnesses described a vehicle being driven erratically that suddenly ‘flew’ off Western Esplanade and into the Thames Estuary at high tide. 

Shortly after pulling 34-year-old Colin Shepherd from the submerged vehicle, it emerged that he was playing Pokémon Go and driving at the same time. He told cops that he was convinced that a rare Charizard was somewhere in the area. 

Mr Shepherd was arrested and bailed until 9th September, when he will appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court and charged with multiple motoring offences. 

In a late development, a number of Thames Estuary coastguard vehicles were scrambled when witnesses noticed that the submerged Lexus was drifting away from the shore. 

After some initial tidal current measurements were taken, experts predicted that there was a 75% chance that the car would float directly into the highly explosive SS Montgomery wreck – a protected WW2 vessel with a large amount of live explosives on board. 

At the time of going to press, the floating Lexus had been successfully intercepted, with marine units ushering the stricken vehicle towards Canvey Island for recovery.