NORTH BERWICK, Maine — A motorist police say was under the influence of alcohol had a close call on the railroad tracks this past weekend.
On Saturday, Officer Daniel Pelkey responded to a call about a vehicle being driven southbound on the railroad tracks. According to Chief Stephen Peasley, when Pelkey arrived at the Route 9 overpass he spotted something amiss. A car appeared to be stuck on the main set of tracks.
In the distance, Pelkey spotted the headlight of an Amtrak train barreling down the tracks. The 2013 Volkswagen was not moving. Pelkey immediately had dispatch notify Amtrak of the situation.
The car’s driver, Robert J. Grudowski, 45, of Wells, was alerted of the incoming train and made it off the main tracks to the secondary tracks as the train passed within just a few feet of the vehicle. The train never came to a halt.
A half-full bottle of Jack Daniel’s whiskey was found on Grudowski’s passenger seat, Peasley said. His blood alcohol content was determined to be .17. Anything at or above .08 while operating a vehicle is a criminal offense in Maine.
Grudowski was arrested and charged with operating while under the influence of liquor and trespassing on railroad tracks. He was subsequently taken to the York County Jail. Grudowski has a court date of Nov. 12.
His Volkswagen had to be towed from the railroad tracks.
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