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04/03/2008 AT 07:30 AM EDT
No laughing matter: Jerry Seinfled's brakes failed – and his vintage car flipped over – in the Hamptons Saturday night. But the comedian walked away unscathed.
star was driving solo at 7:40 p.m. when the brakes on his Italian sedan malfunctioned, East Hampton Town Police Chief Todd Sarris told the New York Post
The 53-year-old reportedly tried the emergency brake and – when that failed – swerved to keep the vehicle from careening into an intersection.
The two-door, 1967 Fiat BTM flipped over before coming to a halt just yards from the highway, Sarris said, adding that Seinfeld's maneuver "probably avoided a very serious accident."
Miraculously, the Bee Movie
star – who, Sarris noted, had not been drinking – did not require medical attention and returned to his East Hampton home.
"He was a little shocked when he walked in and it started to dawn on him what happened," his wife, Jessica, told the Post
. "It could have been a lot worse, obviously, and thank God it wasn't. He's fine."
Her husband's sense of humor certainly survived in tact.
"Because I know there are kids out there, I want to make sure they all know that driving without braking is not something I recommend, unless you have professional clown training or a comedy background, as I do," he told the newspaper. "It is not something I plan to make a habit."
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