SOUTH THOMASTON, Maine — Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Nathaniel Jack walked away from the wreckage of his police car after it smashed into an electrical pole and a tree at 1:30 a.m. Monday while he was involved in a vehicle chase.
Jack was assisting Rockland Police Department when he lost control of the 2008 Dodge Charger cruiser on Route 73 in South Thomaston.
Jack was wearing his seat belt and the cruiser’s airbags deployed when he misjudged a corner and smashed into a tree and an electrical pole. He was treated and released at Penobscot Bay Medical Center on Monday for abrasions and pain to his ribs.
The police cruiser is a total loss with extensive front-end damage, according to Sheriff Donna Dennison.
The crash is being investigated by Maine State Police, but Dennison said Monday that it is likely Jack’s flashing lights and siren emergency system contributed to the crash.
“Jack was manipulating the cruiser’s emergency equipment and the distraction contributed to Deputy Jack misjudging of the corner,” the sheriff wrote in an email Monday.
“Deputy Jack is a very lucky young man,” the sheriff wrote.