Rockland accident caused by driver who fell asleep

Posted May 23, 2009, at 1:17 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A driver fell asleep at the wheel early Thursday morning and crashed into a telephone pole and a fire hydrant, causing an estimated $10,000 in damage.

Sterling Rose, 34, of Merrimack, N.H., was driving a 2004 Jeep Liberty on Park Street at 12:25 a.m. Thursday when he went off the side of the road, according to a report from the Rockland Police Department.

The Jeep rolled over at least twice before stopping on its side at the intersection of Park Street and New County Road, the report said.

Officer Joel Neal noticed the accident just after it happened and helped Rose and passenger Alison Brickell, 34, also of Merrimack, N.H., to get out of the Jeep because it was initially “smoking heavily,” according to the report.

Rockland EMS and the fire department also responded to the scene, along with Central Maine Power and the water company.

Neither Rose nor Brickell requested medical assistance although Brickell complained of shoulder pain.

The vehicle was heavily damaged and police reckon it is a complete loss, and the fire hydrant and support pole will need to be replaced.

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