A man has been charged after a car was driven off a boat ramp at Port Stephens overnight.
Around 7:30pm, police were called to the Henderson Park boat ramp at Lemon Tree Passage, after a silver sedan was driven about 15m into the water.
Police were told by a man the driver was trapped in the vehicle, and entered the water in an attempt to save them, but after police winched the vehicle closer to shore it was established there was no one inside.
Two police officers were treated for hypothermia after spending 20 minutes in the water unsuccessfully searching.
Shortly before 11am, police went to a home in Raymond Terrace and charged a 34-year-year-old man with public mischief and breach of a domestic violence order.
He will appear in Raymond Terrace Local Court tomorrow.