Early morning crash on Route 17 in Rockport leads to charges

By Dwight Collins | Oct 29, 2013
Courtesy of: Rockport Fire Department/Chief Jason Peasley A 2000 Ford Ranger driven by John Wilcox of Warren lies on its side after Wilcox attempted to avoid hitting a deer on Route 17 in Rockport.

Rockport — A Warren man was not injured early Tuesday morning following a single-car crash on Route 17 in Rockport near the Georges Highlands hiking trails.

Knox County Regional Communication Center dispatched Rockport Fire and Police departments at 12:04 a.m. to respond to the scene of vehicle rollover.

John Wilcox, 19, of Warren was traveling east on Route 17 driving a 2000 Ford Ranger and lost control of the truck when he tried to avoid colliding with a deer, according to police.

Wilcox declined to be taken to Pen Bay Medical Center by North East Mobile Health Services.

After further investigation at the scene by Rockport Police Officer Robbie Shaw, Wilcox was charged with possession of a usable amount of marijuana and driving to endanger.

Knox County Sheriff's Office deputies also assisted at the scene.

Heavy damage to the roof and driver's side is revealed after the 2000 Ford Ranger involved in a rollover crash is removed from the ditch Tuesday morning, Oct. 29. (Courtesy of: Rockport Fire Department/Chief Jason Peasley)
Items from the back of the pick-up truck involved in a rollover crash in Rockport Oct. 29  are strewn on the ground. John Wilcox of Warren told police he swerved to avoid a deer. (Courtesy of: Rockport Fire Department/Chief Jason Peasley)
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