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Allegedly intoxicated driver ends up in Belfast river

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Police officials check out the Kia SUV that plunged into the Goose River in Belfast on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 after driver Gary D. Roberts of Searsport lost control.
By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — An allegedly intoxicated driver who plummeted into the Goose River on Sunday afternoon escaped his half-submerged vehicle without serious injury, according to the Belfast Police Department.

Gary D. Roberts, 59, of Searsport lost control of his Kia SUV on the Achorn Road a little before 4 p.m. New Year’s Day. He went off the road, drove over the embankment, hit a tree and bounced into Goose River, according to Officer Brian Lunt.

The river is shallow where he went in and the car wasn’t entirely submerged. Roberts was able to get out of the vehicle and onto its roof, Lunt said, while passersby stopped and helped him jump to shore.

He had a laceration at the top of his forehead and other, mostly minor, facial injuries, according to the officer. Roberts was transported by ambulance to Waldo County General Hospital, where he was administered a blood alcohol test.

Roberts was charged with operating under the influence.

The Belfast Fire Department used booms at the scene to contain a liquid film that was seen on the water, and Pooler’s Towing winched the car to shore, Lunt said.

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