Driver falls asleep at wheel, does estimated $10,000 in damage to vehicle

By Tanya Mitchell | Apr 01, 2014
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Belmont — A 20-year-old driver who reportedly fell asleep while driving early Wednesday morning, March 26 escaped serious injury, but the outcome was not as favorable for the vehicle involved after it skidded into a pole head-on.

According to the accident report at the Waldo County Sheriff's Office, 20-year-old Eric Billings of Milton Township was driving a 2011 Chevrolet SUV east on Augusta Road in Belmont when Billings fell asleep at the wheel.

As a result, the vehicles crossed the center line, went off the left side of the road and struck a utility pole head-on. The impact removed the pole from the ground, and the vehicle continued skidding across a residential lawn before coming to rest in a nearby patch of bushes.

The crash report stated Billings complained of pain in his left arm, but that after ambulance attendants examined him at the scene Billings refused to be transported to a hospital for further treatment.

The report stated the Chevrolet had damages estimated at $10,000, and that the vehicle was towed from the scene due to the damage. Because the ground was frozen at the time of the accident, there was no damage to the lawn over which Billings' vehicle traveled in the midst of the crash.

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