Enfield man flips car, walks home after accident

Posted Aug. 06, 2013, at 12:54 p.m.

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MEDFORD, Maine — An Enfield man accidentally flipped his car, then walked at least two miles late Monday before getting a ride home and reporting the accident, police said.

Sixty-year-old Dwayne Gilman will not face charges for the accident, which was discovered by a Maine game warden on North Howland Road yards from the Maxfield town line at about 9 p.m., Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy David Duplisea said Monday night.

“There was no indication of intoxication” or any wrongdoing by Gilman, Duplisea said.

The game warden, whose name Duplisea did not have immediately available, came upon Gilman’s 2003 Toyota Corolla. The sedan was on its roof, which looked somewhat caved in, and items presumably from the vehicle were scattered close by, but no one was there, Duplisea said.

The warden called in the accident and searched for the driver or passengers. There was no indication that anyone had been ejected from the vehicle and its airbags apparently deployed, Duplisea said.

Other emergency responders searched for accident victims before Gilman called from his home, explaining that he had gotten a ride after walking away from the accident, Duplisea said.

“He walked quite a distance, probably two or three miles,” Duplisea said.

Skidmarks in the dirt road, which has no lighting, indicated that Gilman was headed southbound when he lost control of the car, slid off to the northbound side of the road and the car’s front end hit and dug into a tree before flipping end over end, Duplisea said.

“He probably did not realize that the pavement ended” right at the town line, which likely contributed to Gilman losing control of the sedan, Duplisea said.

Gilman did not suffer any serious injuries, Duplisea said.

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