DEXTER, Maine — It was the same model and the same color — and the key fit.
When a Dexter man, 78, finished shopping Friday morning, he placed his grocery bags inside what he thought was his vehicle and drove it home.
It wasn’t until the man arrived home that he realized it wasn’t his vehicle, because his car didn’t have a broken door handle. Otherwise, the vehicle was nearly identical to his road-salt-covered green 1996 Ford Explorer.
Dexter Police Chief Jim Emerson said Friday the man called the Police Department to report the mistake and inquired what he should do. Emerson said he told the man to return the vehicle to the store where his vehicle still was parked.
An attempt was made to find the owner of the other vehicle, which was registered to a Levant resident, to explain the mistake. Emerson said he went into the grocery store and a beauty shop but was unable to find the owner.
Typically, a key won’t fit another vehicle, but this one fit perfectly, according to Emerson.
“I’d never had that happen before,” Emerson said of the incident.