A man was not seriously injured March 23 after smashing into a utility pole, snapping it in half and sending wires across Route 3 while reaching for his cell phone.

At about 2:20 p.m., Gerald N. Bubar, 64, of Belfast was driving east in a 2007 GMC pickup truck on Belmont Avenue near the Jesse Robbins Road when he went to reach for his cell phone and it fell on the floor, according to a crash report from Belfast Police Department.

When Bubar reached for the phone, he pulled the steering wheel to the right, causing the vehicle to go off the road and down an embankment, striking a Central Maine Power pole.

The crash sent wires down across the road, according to reports.

Belfast Police Sgt. John Gibbs said police chose not to charge Bubar under the distracted driving law because the man was attempting to answer an incoming cell phone call rather than text messaging or dialing the phone at the time of the crash.

Bubar was not injured. Damage to his truck was estimated at $10, while damage to the pole and wires were about $4,500.