Shapleigh man arrested on drunk driving charge after allegedly driving recklessly during ice fishing derby

Derek Guertin
York County Sheriff's Office
Derek Guertin
Posted Feb. 18, 2014, at 9:23 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 18, 2014, at 10:39 a.m.

LIMERICK, Maine — A Shapleigh man driving recklessly on Little Ossipee Lake during an ice fishing derby on Saturday was ultimately arrested for drunk driving, police said.

The sequence of events started when Derek Guertin, 19, got his pickup truck stuck in a snowbank, according to Chief Deputy William King of the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Volunteers had plowed roads on the lake for vehicles to follow at safe speeds while 1,000 people participated in the derby, at which York County deputies and game wardens were on hand to ensure safety, King said.

Before getting stuck, Guertin had apparently been revving his engine and driving recklessly in a close proximity to fishermen and spectators, King said.

After Guertin got stuck, a good Samaritan managed to pull him out, but King said Guertin revved his engine again after his truck got free, backing into the Samaritan’s vehicle and damaging to its rear bumper.

Deputy Shawn Sanborn and game wardens went to investigate and found that Guertin was intoxicated and he was placed under arrest, King said. Authorities had to physically restrain him upon taking him into custody.

Guertin had been warned about his behavior earlier in the day. He was taken to York County Jail after his arrest and charged with OUI.

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