Motorist charged with OUI after plunge into West Bath cove

Posted July 06, 2011, at 3:45 p.m.
Last modified July 07, 2011, at 1:08 p.m.

WEST BATH, Maine — Rescue crews went to the scene after a pickup truck crashed over a guardrail into a cove inlet on Berrys Mill Road on Tuesday night, according to the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department. The incident resulted in the driver being charged with operating under the influence.

Sagadahoc County Chief Deputy Brett Strout said George Snowdon, 30, was driving a red 2003 Ford F-350 pickup truck north on Berrys Mill Road when he apparently lost control, went over the guardrail into the Berrys Mill causeway and into the cove inlet, where the truck sank.

The incident was reported at 9:14 p.m. Snowdon was able to get out of the truck through the driver’s-side door window. A dog in the truck also managed to escape the sinking vehicle.

Strout said Snowdon was taken to the Bath police station for an Intoxilizer test and was summoned for operating under the influence.

Though Snowdon said he was OK at the scene, Strout said that he later complained of pain and was taken to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick by Bath Rescue.

West Bath Fire Department, West Bath EMS and Bath Rescue went to the accident scene. The road had to be closed for some time while a large bucket loader was used to pull the truck out of the water.

Deputy Mark Anderson is investigating the case, Strout said.

The truck was reportedly totaled, and the guardrail had about $2,000 in damage.

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