Early morning rollover lands man in Katama ditch


An Edgartown police officer, on patrol just before 2 am Monday, came upon a shirtless man, wearing wet pants with embedded broken auto glass and dripping blood, on the side of the road in the Katama section of town.

The 42-year-old Rhode Island resident, whom police did not identify because he has yet to be charged with any crime, appeared to the officer to be intoxicated and making no sense, Sgt. Ken Johnson said.

The man at first told police he was given a ride by some women he met at a bar and that his vehicle was parked. Police searched the area and found a 1989 red Jeep Cherokee upside down in nearby Herring Creek. It matched the description of the man’s vehicle.

Police, unclear as to whether anyone else was in the vehicle, called rescue personnel. The Jeep was empty. It appeared that the driver failed to stop where Atlantic Drive and Herring Creek Road intersect and skidded off the road, police said.

Emergency personnel transported the man to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Sergeant Johnson said police expect to issue a summons charging operating under the influence.