A Belfast officer who was on his way home early Saturday morning, Nov. 30, spotted a parked vehicle with what appeared to be recent damage, and police say that discovery led to a citation for a local woman.

Police summoned Amber Alley, 32, of Northport, for leaving the scene of a property damage crash. The citation was the result of a series of events that Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said started when Sgt. Brian Lunt was heading home at the end of his shift just before 3 a.m.

"He came across [Alley's] vehicle parked on Waldo Avenue in front of the high school, and it looked like it had just been in a crash, so Sgt. Lunt called it in," said Cunningham.

Cunningham said the vehicle had visible front end damage and a flattened front tire.

After officers responded to the scene Cunningham said they learned the vehicle belonged to Alley, but she was not in the vicinity.

In an effort to learn more about what caused the damage to her car, Cunningham said the responding officers obtained Alley's contact information and called her at her residence.

Cunningham said a male answered the phone and initially stated Alley was not at home, but after a few minutes Alley came to the phone and spoke with police.

"They had left the Front Street Pub, and apparently somewhere between Front Street Pub and Waldo Avenue, she was involved in some type of crash," said Cunningham.

Cunningham said Alley told police another person who was about six feet tall was driving at the time of the incident, but the distance between the drivers seat and the steering wheel indicated that was not the case.

"Based on the description of the scene, nobody who was six feet tall was driving that car," said Cunningham.