Camden crashes attributed to alcohol

By Dwight Collins | Jun 03, 2014
Courtesy of: Larry Toler Camden Exxon removes a car from the lawn of Larry and Barbara Toler early in the morning June 1 after the driver lost control and crashed on Gould Street.

Camden — Alcohol was most likely the factor in two automobile crashes in Camden over the weekend.

June 1, Camden Police responded to a crash on Gould Street around 4:30 a.m. near the intersection of Sand Street.

Kyle Upton, 31, of Camden was operating a late model Subaru when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a rock, which flipped the vehicle on its side. The Subaru came to rest on the front lawn of Larry and Barbara Toler.

“I heard a big bang around 4:30 and I ran outside to see what it was,” said the Toler's son Larry. “I see this car up on it's side with a guy climbing out, I ask if he was alright and he didn't say anything, he just climbed back in the car and shut it off, really kind of freaked me out.”

The younger Toler said he could see where the car hit a big rock just uphill from the stop sign and flipped, just missing the house. He said it did a lot of damage to the front lawn.

“We were pretty lucky,” he said. “He could have ended up in the house.”

Upton was charged with operating under the influence.

Friday night, May 31, police and crews from North East Mobile Health Services responded to a call of a crash at the intersections of High and Mountain streets.

Lacy Yates, 27, of Rockport, was driving a 2004 Toyota south on Route 1 around 11:30 p.m. when she failed to negotiate the curve near Camden Public Library, and crashed into a stump and a set of stone steps.

Yates was transported to Pen Bay Medical Center and was later charged with operating under the influence. Police believe that speed and alcohol may have played a factor in the crash.

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