Spate of Belfast accidents blamed on drivers operating under the influence

Police said that driver Jacqueline Low of Orland is estimated to have reached speeds of 100 mph Thursday afternoon before she lost control of her Subaru Forester on Back Searsport Road in Belfast.
Belfast Police Department
Police said that driver Jacqueline Low of Orland is estimated to have reached speeds of 100 mph Thursday afternoon before she lost control of her Subaru Forester on Back Searsport Road in Belfast.
By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff
Posted April 18, 2014, at 6:02 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Police said that they believe alcohol or drugs are to blame in three different crashes that happened around the city on Thursday night.

In the first and perhaps most serious crash, an Orland woman who was driving very fast on Back Searsport Road went over a rise and became airborne in her 2004 Subaru Forester, according to Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department.

Jacqueline Low, 46, landed on the opposite lane of the road, hitting a Maritime Energy Chevrolet van. The accident was reported by a resident at 5:21 p.m., Cunningham said, adding that Low was taken to Waldo County General Hospital to be treated for injuries that included a broken ankle. Van driver David Gower, 30, of Searsmont was not hurt.

Cunningham said that it was very lucky that neither driver suffered worse injuries in the crash, which totaled both vehicles. He said that before Low lost control, she drove past a retired police officer who estimated that she was going “possibly 100 miles an hour.”

Belfast Ambulance and the Searsport Police Department assisted at the scene. Charges are pending, according to police.

“We believe alcohol and speed are factors,” Cunningham said.

A few hours later, police went to the scene of a single-vehicle accident on City Point Road, where 38-year-old Donald Doolan of Morrill drove off the road and hit a utility pole about 9:30 p.m. with his 2005 Ford F-350. The impact snapped the pole, according to police reports.

“[Doolan] said he was on the phone and distracted,” Cunningham said.

Police took the driver to the Waldo County Jail for an alcohol test and issued summonses for operating under the influence, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and operating with an expired license. Doolan did not suffer injuries in the incident.

Finally, police said that Edward Edmands, 45, of Belfast got into some trouble while driving on Route 3 in his Volkswagen Jetta.

“He said he started to get tired, and went to lay his head on the steering wheel — while he was driving,” Cunningham said.

The Jetta left the road, struck a culvert and went into a ditch.

Police said that Edmands than called a woman to come and pick him up. She’s the one who reported the accident, Cunningham said. Investigating officers charged the driver with operating under the influence of drugs. Cunningham was not injured in the accident.

 

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