Belfast police respond to multiple OUI crashes in single evening

By Ben Holbrook | Apr 18, 2014
Courtesy of: Belfast Police Department Jacqueline Low was driving on Back Searsport Road the evening of Thursday, April 17, when her vehicle went airborne and struck an oncoming van head-on.

Belfast — Belfast police responded to three separate operating under the influence crashes over the course of the evening Thursday, April 17.

Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said the first accident occurred at 5:21 p.m. when Jacqueline Low, 46, of Orland, lost control of her 2004 Subaru Forester after going airborne on Back Searsport Road and striking a Maritime Energy van head-on.

Cunningham said prior to the crash, a retired police officer passed Low and estimated she was driving at least 100 mph along the road.

The driver of the Maritime Energy van, David Gower, 30, of Searsmont, was uninjured in the crash. Cunningham said Low suffered a broken ankle and was taken to Waldo County General Hospital for treatment.

Cunningham said speed and alcohol were factors in the crash and charges are pending against Low.

About four hours after the Back Searsport Road crash, officers responded to a report of a crash on City Point Road at 9:29 p.m. The driver of a 2005 Ford F-350 truck, Donald Doolan, 38, of Morrill, struck a telephone pole.

Cunningham said Doolan told officers he was answering his phone when he became distracted and struck the pole.

Doolan was summoned for operating under the influence, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and operating with an expired license.

He was not injured in the crash, Cunningham said.

The third and final crash was reported at 10:56 p.m. in the area of 379 Belmont Ave. Edward Edmands, 45, of Belfast, was driving a 1997 Volkswagen when he told officers he started to feel tired and decided to rest his head on the steering wheel while traveling down the road, Cunningham said.

Edmands damaged some property at the end of a driveway at 379 Belmont Ave. and was subsequently arrested for operating under the influence of drugs.

Edmands did not suffer any injuries, Cunningham said.

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