CHARLESTON, Maine — Buster, a black-and-white paint horse and family pet of Donald and Regina Boulier, broke free from his fence Sunday afternoon and bolted directly for the road and a motorcycle driving by, according to police and the family.
“It was running down a driveway and it didn’t stop,” Deputy Roy Peary of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department said on Sunday. “It came right out and ran into them.”
Corinth resident Richard Bradford, who had his wife, Donna, on the back of his 2007 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, “never lost control,” Peary said.
Buster, who is more than 20 years old, lost a couple of teeth, suffered a fractured jaw and a cut to his lip, and probably had a pretty big headache, Donald Boulier said.
“He’s all right,” he said.
A veterinarian was called to tend to Buster’s injuries and surgery is planned for today to address his fractured jaw, said Regina Boulier, who sounded upset about the incident.
“He’s a pet,” she said. “We’ve had him for 20 years.”
The horse ran directly into Richard Bradford, who suffered bumps and bruises to his chin, Peary said. Donna Bradford was not injured. She noticed the horse running toward the road and informed her husband, who was able to slow down somewhat. The motorcycle had approximately $1,000 in damage, the deputy said.
The accident is one of the most unusual Peary has ever investigated, he said.
“Definitely, it’s a different one,” he said. “You don’t cover too many horse accidents and it was very fortunate for the motorcycle [driver and passenger] to be able to walk away” with only bruises.
“They were very lucky,” Peary said. “He did a really good job of driving.”
The collision occurred around 2:30 p.m. Sunday on Garland Road near its junction with Bacon Road. The Bouliers were watching the Red Sox game on TV when Regina Boulier noticed Buster had broken free. By the time the couple got outside, the horse had run into the motorcycle and was bloody while trotting back toward the house, Regina Boulier said.
Both Regina and Donald Boulier said they are very relieved that the motorcycle operator and his passenger were not severely injured.
“Thank God the people were all right,” said Donald Boulier, who added he is a fellow Harley rider.