By Dominik Lobkowicz
The operator of this sport-utility vehicle reportedly went off the road and struck a utility pole after a dog in the vehicle jumped into her lap, according to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Hatch. (D. Lobkowicz photo)
A Central Maine Power crew adjusts a pole knocked out of place during an accident on Washington Road in Jefferson. The pole was smoldering where it contacted a power line. (D. Lobkowicz photo)
A Washington woman is facing a charge of operating after her license was suspended after rolling a sport utility vehicle onto its side on Washington Road (Route 126) in Jefferson the afternoon of Dec. 26.
Crystal Saunders, 34, was operating a 2006 Chevrolet northbound when the vehicle went off the road, struck a utility pole, and rolled on its side, according to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Hatch. A wheel came off the vehicle in the accident, he said.
According to Hatch, Saunders said she went off the road after a dog in the vehicle jumped into her lap.
The utility pole, which was leaning after the accident, contacted a wire and was smoldering, but a Central Maine Power Company crew responded and adjusted it away from the wire.
Saunders was checked and cleared by Jefferson Fire and Rescue first responders and Waldoboro Emergency Medical Services, according to Jefferson Fire Lt. Paul Huber. A male passenger in the vehicle was not injured, Hatch said.