Belfast councilor injured in hit-and-run; driver later arrested

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff
Posted March 08, 2013, at 8:39 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine β€” Police made an arrest Friday night in connection with a hit-and-run accident on Main Street that injured a city councilor who had been riding his bike up the hill.

Eric Sanders was pedaling up Main Street hill on the side of the road at about 3 p.m. when a car struck him from behind. The accident took place near the intersection with Alto Street, according to Chief Mike McFadden of the Belfast Police Department.

According to police, eyewitnesses said the car was either red or white, but could not give a more detailed description. Officers did know, however, that the car had black external side-view mirrors and the mirror on the passenger side of the car was damaged or destroyed after striking Sanders, police said.

Later Friday, police were called to a disturbance at a Patterson Road home and while they were there they saw a car with damage consistent with that reported in the hit-and-run incident.

Derri Lucas, 36, of Knox was arrested and charged with aggravated leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, refusing to submit to arrest, possession of marijuana, violation of conditions of release and operating after suspension. She was taken to Waldo County Jail in Belfast.

Alcohol was a factor in the incident, police said.

Sanders was being treated at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast.

β€œHe’s got some injuries,” the chief said.

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/03/08/news/midcoast/belfast-councilor-injured-in-hit-and-run-driver-later-arrested/ printed on October 1, 2014