June 16, 2019

Deputy injured in crash; spends night in woods

ALFRED — An off-duty York County sheriff’s deputy whose car smashed into a telephone pole apparently staggered away from the accident and spent a night in the woods, officials said.

Deputy Dan Roberts suffered a broken ankle, broken leg, broken nose and a severe concussion in the Saturday night accident, Sheriff C. Wesley Phinney said. “He was in pretty tough shape.”

State Police were investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash. Roberts was treated at Goodall Hospital in Sanford and released.

Phinney said Roberts hit a telephone pole near the house of a neighbor who was checking his mail at the time of the accident.

“Dan and him spoke briefly and he said to call 911,” Phinney said. “The neighbor saw him step out of the car and fall down.”

By the time officers arrived, Roberts was gone, Phinney said. Police searched the area but did not find him.

The sheriff said Roberts doesn’t remember anything except waking up in the woods the next morning before dawn.

“How he got there he doesn’t know. He just remembers waking up wet and cold. He was face down. He stood up and fell back down. … Then he crawled to the road and flagged down a car,” Phinney said.

Phinney said Roberts told him he had been drinking before the accident, but was not intoxicated.

“He had stopped and had a beer at a social club,” Phinney said. “That was a routine he had.”

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